Wednesday 22 November 2017

Trouble ahead for gardai and justice minister as inquiries' findings due

Is the worst yet to come for the scandal-weary and controversy-prone State security agencies.

Martin Callinan (left) and Alan Shatter both left their posts
Martin Callinan (left) and Alan Shatter both left their posts
Maurice McCabe
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

GIVEN the scalp rate to date, you'd think the worst was over for the various arms of the State's security apparatuses. The scandals that swamped the Department of Justice and the gardai earlier this year have taken out a Garda Commissioner, a justice minister and came close to toppling the garda watchdog, while a senior civil servant is walking wounded and the Department he presided over got a kicking for being secretive with the public and obsequious with gardai. And it's not over yet.

Frances Fitzgerald, who succeeded Alan Shatter after he resigned as justice minister, has been stuck behind her desk for much of the summer, keeping on top of the kaleidoscope of issues that have rocked her department sideways.

As things stand, the minister is expecting a clutch of inquiries to land on her desk before the year is out , none of which are expected to cover State agencies in glory. Here's what's still in store for her.

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