Brian Purcell has shown bravery and integrity – he deserves better than Frances Fitzgerald's dithering
It's time for new Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to make up her mind. Since she took up the post last week, she has been carefully distancing herself publicly from the secretary general of her new department, Brian Purcell.
But behind closed doors she is heavily dependent on Mr Purcell as her senior civil servant to guide her through the complexities of her brief in a department that is under siege from all comers.
Since his appointment almost three years ago, he has played a steadying role in the Department of Justice while Mrs Fitzgerald's predecessor, Alan Shatter, attempted to run the department almost single-handedly, preferring to personally micromanage most of the business on the daily agenda.