Willie Kealy: How Shatter must rue snide remark
Labour's blind support for Justice Minister is a problem for all who care about our democracy.
It became obvious to me that Alan Shatter had a real problem when Michael Lowry leaped to his defence. And it became clear our democracy was in trouble when Pat Rabbitte resorted to absurdities to defend Cabinet cohesion.
Michael told us: "The public are sick and tired of this ongoing farce and the media circus surrounding this issue. Now is not the time for opportunistic politics, nor is it the time to waste Dail hours on a motion of no-confidence and Minister Shatter's encounter with gardai at a checkpoint."
I think they call that transference. Because even as he spoke, I couldn't help thinking I was hearing yet again Michael's single transferable speech which he uses to deflect any criticism of himself arising from the extremely adverse findings against him in the Moriarty tribunal report and, more recently, the Lowry tapes published in this newspaper.