Dealing with McCabe case had left Shatter feeling like he 'was sinking in quicksand'
So we met the second of a trio who were forced to unhappily and swiftly exit their good jobs in the spring and summer of 2014. And all the exits related to controversies concerning Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
Superintendent Dav Taylor, obliged to leave the Garda press office, was replaced in the witness box by former justice minister, Alan Shatter.
This unhappy trio is expected to be completed today when former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan takes the stand. Alan Shatter, who had been justice minister from March 2011 until May 2014, sounded rather choked at times during his two hours of evidence. But he explained it "was a combination of hay fever and asthma".