Shatter's U-turn in attitude on gardai
The gardai are fighting a battle against crime with a considerable amount of success. In the past two days, we have seen the seizure of a massive haul of heroin, asset seizures against an organised crime gang specialising in nationwide burglaries and distraction thefts, and progress with inquiries into the activities of dissident republicans.
But a lot remains to be done.
Instead of congratulating the force on its victories and encouraging officers to build on them, Justice Minister Alan Shatter has erected fresh financial obstacles for them to overcome.