Lowry throws support behind "dismissive and brash" Shatter
CONTROVERSIAL Independent TD Michael Lowry is throwing his support behind embattled Justice Minister Alan Shatter in tonight's no confidence motion, calling the whole affair a distraction.
“The public are sick and tired of this on-going farce and the media circus surrounding this issue," Mr Lowry said, while adding he does "not consider Alan Shatter a political friend".
“He was never the most popular member of the house," the Tipperary TD added. "He can be irritatingly dismissive and brash.”
He criticised other Independents like Mick Wallace and Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, saying they raised the penalty points issue "under the guise of public interest".
"It appears to me that this was an opportunistic attempt to cause maximum embarrassment to members of An Garda Síochána and to undermine people’s confidence in the administration and management of the force," the Tipperary North TD, who has the Garda training college in Templemore in his constituency, said.
“The reality is that while members of An Garda Siochana receive extensive training and are thought the theory of policing in Templemore, what truly makes an excellent, all round guard is their ability to assess a situation and use their wisdom, judgement and a common sense approach to decide on what action, if any, should be taken. The idea being pushed through the media is that Garda discretion is only available to politicians but it happens in the community every day.
“This prolonged debate is a furore about trivialities. "