Saturday 17 February 2018

Labour 'won't isolate Shatter' with FF's no confidence vote

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Labour chairman Jack Wall has said he does not believe any of his fellow TDs will support a Fianna Fail motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter.

Mr Wall said that while there is concern about Mr Shatter's handling of the garda controversies, Labour does not intend to "isolate" the embattled Justice Minister.

The Kildare South TD, however, could not say whether Mr Shatter has the confidence of the entire Labour parliamentary party.

"I can't say that for sure but what I will tell you is that not one member has approached me and requested that this is put on the agenda for our parliamentary party meeting this week. That's one way in which I can judge if there is dissent," he told the Irish Independent.

"But I have never seen in my 22 years the Government of the day isolating one of its own," he added.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte was yesterday critical towards Mr Shatter's handling of the ongoing controversies but said he believed his version of events.

"I do believe him. And I believe he's a good minister. I think a lot of people don't like some of the things he's doing, but I think his record shows he's been a reforming minister," he said.

"He's a minister of very strong convictions and certainly he allowed the controversy to drag on for too long," he added.

Irish Independent

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