Monday 19 February 2018

Minister Shatter suffers the slings and arrows of outrage and misfortune

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

There was a note of decided frustration in Alan Shatter's voice. "I don't have a monopoly on wisdom. We all get some things wrong sometimes."

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Self-Defence was once again dodging Opposition bullets in the Dail chamber last night, as he faced the second no-confidence motion of his ministerial career. But he couldn't understand why, as far as he was concerned, the other teams were insisting on playing the man, not the ball.

"I'm constantly accused in a very personalised way of a variety of different failures – none of us is perfect. But apparently if I actually on any occasion in this House respond in kind to the manner in which I'm treated, I'm labelled as arrogant, as overbearing," he retorted. "You'd think to see the members opposite, that I'm public enemy number one."

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