Coalition faces Shatter backlash
FINE Gael and the Labour Party are bracing themselves for a local election backlash over the continual stream of scandals surrounding Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Coalition party candidates have told strategists that the bad handling of the garda controversies is damaging their campaigns.
Canvassers are reporting Mr Shatter's name is coming up repeatedly on doorsteps "and not in a good way".
The negative impact was first noticed in urban areas, but has spread to every part of the country in the wake of the resignation of the Garda Commissioner and the revelations of the taping scandals.
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