Sunday 18 March 2018

No time for hysterics

loudly until they win, regardless of the merit of their case.

THE writer Anthony Cronin famously described Brendan Behan's tactic in disputes as resembling that of the "hysteric" who screams ever more  It is unfortunate for a public experiencing a major increase in crime that the conflict between Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the garda representative unions has evolved into a competition of hysterics. Whatever about the unions, who are merely misbehaving as all unions do, the adolescent antics of Mr Shatter merit a swift intervention by the Taoiseach. Hopefully, that may persuade the erratic minister to emulate the steely but practical leadership displayed by his commissioner before the discipline of a force that has no confidence in its minister collapses.

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