Saturday 20 January 2018

Alan Shatter doomed by tsunami of whistleblower revelations

Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins
Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins

Gerard O'Regan

It was mid-Wednesday afternoon in Blackrock village – the south Dublin heartland of Mary Hanafin's local election bid – and there she was on Main Street complete with a very distinctive Margaret Thatcher-style handbag. She wasn't canvassing. But what's canvassing anyway for somebody so often round the political whirligig as is the case with Mary. However, she was definitely out and about.

Given that she is one of the best- known figures in Irish politics, not to mention all the brouhaha as to whether she should, or should not, run again, she could scarcely move more than a few feet without getting some sort of reaction. It might be the incidental cold stare, but if the truth be told, more usually a handshake of recognition.

But last Wednesday now seems, politically speaking, eons ago. Former Minister Hanafin, and indeed anybody else, could scarcely have imagined the political timebomb that would erupt in the ensuing 24 hours. The resignation of Alan Shatter would send shock waves through the system. Suddenly an internal Fianna Fail constituency spat didn't seem to amount to a great hill of beans.

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