Breaking: Alan Shatter resigns as southern Justice minister…

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This from the Indo

His resigned from his cabinet position this afternoon in a move that has surprised many. Pressure had been mounting on the minister in recent weeks after a series of controversies dogged his office.

These included the GSOC bugging scandal, the penalty points and garda whistleblower controversies, and breach of data protection regarding Wexford Independent TD Mick Wallace.

  • Jagdip

    An Taoiseach has repeatedly stated that GSOC did not cooperate with an inquiry by the retired judge into recent controversies.

    That is astounding.

    How much longer can GSOC last, if what An Taoiseach says is correct? And if it’s not correct, what lies ahead for An Taoiseach.

  • Jagdip

    An Taoiseach says that GSOC didn’ provide information sought by retired Judge Sean Guerin, but refuses to elaborate if GSOC had information which they simply refused to hand over, or if GSOC had other difficulty in locating or providing the information.

    This loose thread might see the end of An Taoiseach. It’s highly unlikely that GSOC would unilaterally refuse to cooperate with a judge-led inquiry.

  • Tochais Síoraí

    His position had long since become untenable. A pity in some respects as he is one of the few genuine intellectuals among Irish public representatives & the antithesis of that bane of Irish political life on both sides of the border, the populist.politician. Still, he could be a right arrogant so and so and that was at the heart of his downfall.

  • Niall Noigiallach

    He’s been on borrowed time for a while now, sacking Connolly and then Enda trying to gloss it over saying that Shatter “is not happy with the confidential recipient structure as currently exists” did him no favours, it was always going to end bad for Shatter

  • Riocard Ó Tiarnaigh

    Crazy having the one person in charge of the justice and defence portfolios. Trust the Blueshirts to come up with that one. Think it went to his head.

  • Politico68

    Years ago, I had a legal issue to deal with regarding a family spat. i was only 19yrs old and I went to see him, he was so decent a man I have always liked him. More recently he attended my step-mothers funeral as he knows some mebers of my family quite well, again he was pleasant and very sincere. He has given his life to Irish politcs and even though I know he has messed up, I feel sorry for him that this has happenned. I wish him well.

  • Greenflag

    Although FG are the party I’m least likely to vote for I’ve always thought Alan Shatter was probably the best Minister they had . In retro combining Defence and Justice was probably not a good idea .

    We can only wait now to see if any Labour Ministers left in the coalition follow his example or will they hang on to office until turfed out by the voters ?

  • SDLP supporter

    Riocard, your point about Shatter holding two ministries is valid but I think it is gratuitously offensive and intellectually redundant of you to toss in the ‘Blueshirt’ insult. The Blueshirts were eighty years ago, were a regrettable short-lived phenomenon and they killed precisely no-one.

  • Politico68

    Its hard for some to let go of the fact that like it or not FG were born of fascism

  • Greenflag

    @ SDLP supporter ,

    ‘The Blueshirts were eighty years ago, were a regrettable short-lived phenomenon and they killed precisely no-one.

    Fine Gael and the National Corporate Party
    In response to the banning of the National Guard, Cumann na nGaedheal and the National Centre Party merged to form a new party, Fine Gael, on 3 September 1933. O’Duffy became its first president, with W. T. Cosgrave and James Dillon acting as vice-presidents. The National Guard changed into the Young Ireland Association, and became part of a youth wing of the party. The party’s aim was to create a corporatist United Ireland within the British Commonwealth. Following disagreements with his Fine Gael colleagues, O’Duffy left the party, although most of the Blueshirts stayed in Fine Gael.

    In December 1934, O’Duffy attended the Montreux Fascist conference in Switzerland. He then founded the National Corporate Party, and later raised an “Irish Brigade” that took General Francisco Franco’s side in the Spanish Civil War

    Their record in Spain was short and a ill advised .They bit off a good deal more than they could chew . The Irish republicans and others did fight and die for Spanish democracy as related in the Dubliner’s La Quinta Brigada

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ224ygAqdY Re

    While the Catholic Bishops blessed the Blueshirts – Frank Hilliard (Church of Ireland ) pastor died for the Spanish Republic along with others from all countries .