Kenny's credibility on the line as damaged Shatter runs out of road
IT was Elizabeth Taylor who once said you find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal. On that basis, Enda Kenny and Alan Shatter must be best buddies – for now, anyway.
The Taoiseach has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect his Justice Minister in recent days. But for how long can he continue to do so and at what cost to his Government?
Shatter's apology – presumably insisted upon by Kenny and Labour – meant he lived to fight another day. Without it, he was gone. But he remains hugely damaged. Even if nothing else of significance emerges, there are real doubts over whether Shatter can continue in the position beyond a cabinet reshuffle later this year.