Friday 15 December 2017

Alan the terrier doggedly sinks his teeth into the Guerin Report

Alan Shatter arrives at the Four Courts yesterday
Alan Shatter arrives at the Four Courts yesterday
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

The sun was splitting the stones along the city quays and anyone who could, dawdled along the streets enjoying the grand weather.

But not our former Minister for Justice. Instead he was spending his day in the High Court in a stuffy room where a refreshing breeze wafting through a window was in fierce competition with the hot air rising from the legal benches.

Ever since Alan Shatter resigned as Justice Minister, he has resembled a small but particularly determined terrier with his teeth sunk grimly into the trouser-legs of the Taoiseach and of barrister Sean Guerin, author of the report concerning the handling of allegations made by Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the publication of which was followed by the departure of Minister Shatter last May.

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