Who can blame Shatter for his reticence over €70k payout?
FOR the opposition, Alan Shatter remains the gift that keeps on giving . . . and giving. There's no question that Fine Gael's recent, pretty steep, decline in the polls can be traced, to some degree at least, to the many controversies in which the former Justice Minister became embroiled.
And the Government's hope that his resignation would stem the electoral damage have been, well, 'shattered' by the mini controversy surrounding his entitlement to a golden handshake of €70,000 after departing from ministerial office.
You can tell the Government is rattled because of the number of senior cabinet figures, including the Taoiseach, queuing up to proffer the view that Shatter really shouldn't take the payment.