Wednesday 17 January 2018

Legal answers to political questions often don't wash

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Damien Eagers
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Damien Eagers
John Downing

John Downing

It has been a bad week so far for Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

She has been left, in the Dáil and on television, repeating stock legal answers to deeply political questions. For a senior politician, it is not always a good place to be, and on this occasion pleading legal impediments to giving plain answers to key questions is of little help.

At issue is the accusation being levelled at Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan that she has publicly praised garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe while her lawyers repeatedly attacked firstly his "integrity," and then his "credibility and motivation".

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