Tuesday 24 April 2018

Shatter claims his opponents likened him to Darth Vader

Alan Shatter has been likened to Darth Vader. Photo: Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
Alan Shatter has been likened to Darth Vader. Photo: Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The force isn't with the current Fine Gael Government, according to ex-justice minister Alan Shatter, who claims his former political opponents have likened him to 'Star Wars' villain Darth Vader.

In the current edition of 'Hot Press' magazine, he claimed that he was targeted by political opponents and the media "as the nearest things (sic) to Darth Vader" after he resigned from his post in 2014 following the now disputed findings of the Guerin report on Garda irregularities.

He pulled no punches, taking swipes at former Taoiseach Enda Kenny - whom he claims "put me under pressure to resign" - and current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Asked if he would have a pint with Mr Kenny, he said: "I'd probably go to the bar next door.

"I'd have no interest in getting entrapped into a 'hail fellow well met' false conversation intended for public approval."

While claiming that he would have been re-elected to the Dáil if not for Mr Kenny's "intervention in the last election campaign", he saved his most scathing comments for Mr Varadkar. He characterised the Taoiseach as a populist people-pleaser, who courts style over substance. "I went jogging for many years but never felt the need to alert media photographers and bring them with me. I suppose that was my mistake. I also occasionally wore strange socks," he said.

Darth Vader. Photo: Phil Noble/PA
Darth Vader. Photo: Phil Noble/PA

Mr Shatter's penchant for sci-fi references has reared its head before - in a 1997 election leaflet he was pictured as Captain Kirk from 'Star Trek'.

Alan Shatter has previously been pictured in ‘Star Trek’ uniform
Alan Shatter has previously been pictured in ‘Star Trek’ uniform

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