Wednesday 21 November 2018

Former Justice Mnister Alan Shatter gets ready to go into TV3's kitchen

From left, Gary Hanlon, Alan Shatter, Louise Lennox and Stephen McAllister in The Restaurant on TV3
From left, Gary Hanlon, Alan Shatter, Louise Lennox and Stephen McAllister in The Restaurant on TV3

Nick Webb

David McRedmond's TV3 has inked a deal with former Justice Minister Alan Shatter to take part in the new series of hit reality TV show The Restaurant, which will air on January 7.

TV3 is positioning its heavy guns to pound UTV Ireland, when the new TV station switches on at the start of January. It's going to be bloody.

Shatter resigned as justice minister in May, following the explosive Guerin report, which found he had not done right by the Garda whistleblowers.

This enraged Shatter, who launched judicial review proceedings, seeking to quash certain elements of the report. Last week, he withdrew his claim of "reasonable apprehension of bias" against the report but is proceeding on other grounds.

This is the tenth series of The Restaurant, an enormously popular Irish reality TV series, voiced by well-known presenter Sean Moncrieff.

It's produced by Vision Independent Productions and sponsored by Aldi, (which provides all of the ingredients used to cook up the yummy creations), and this is the first year The Restaurant will air on TV3. Previous series aired on RTE.

Shatter follows in the footsteps of fellow politicians, past and present: Ivan Yates (who appeared on Celebrity Bainisteoir), Finian McGrath (You're A Star), and Jackie Healy Rae (At Home With The Healy Raes). At least we know Shatter can crack and egg or two. But does he tidy up after himself?

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