Sunday 25 February 2018

Labour looks after Shatter – and its own pensions

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

AS a political drama, Shattergate recalls the Arms Trial of 1970 - but only in one respect. Both stories came to a head when the leader of the Opposition shared confidential information with the Taoiseach.

Back in the spring of 1970, Liam Cosgrave, Fine Gael leader of the Opposition, told Taoiseach Jack Lynch that some of his ministers were planning to smuggle arms into Ireland for the IRA. Lynch promptly sacked Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney when they would not resign.

In sharp contrast, Enda Kenny's reaction to Micheal Martin's toxic transcript has been to back Shatter to the hilt. In this he has been helped by hapless RTE reporting and the complicity of the Labour Party.

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