From his ivory tower, minister did little to win support
ALAN Shatter's position as Justice Minister has been precarious since he stood back and effectively allowed Taoiseach Enda Kenny to make a decision which forced Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to resign.
At the time, the two government parties were seriously at odds and were preparing for a cabinet meeting at which the junior partner was going to demand a "head".
Mr Shatter's head was the obvious one to be handed on a plate to Labour, in light of the way he had handled a series of allegations over the previous few months and his failure to extricate his name from headlines that were damaging to the Government. However, that was deemed to be unthinkable to Fine Gael and, instead, the spotlight turned on Mr Callinan.