Friday 19 October 2018

James Downey

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Whistleblower Garda Sgt. Maurice McCabe. Photo: Tom Burke

Important task of garda reform must now pass to another 

Politicians' expressions of regret for others' misfortunes are often, shall we say, formal. Not so with Enda Kenny's regret for the resignation of Alan Shatter. Since he formed the Fine Gael-Labour coalition three years ago, the Taoiseach has seen his Justice Minister as one of the chief mainstays of the Government. He admires Mr Shatter for his intelligence and his combativeness – which many see as arrogance. But yesterday he had no choice but to admit that Mr Shatter could no longer stay in office.