Breaking: Alan Shatter resigns as southern Justice minister…

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.

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