Garda crisis: How Shatter's downfall unfolded
Shatter's downfall: key dates
June 1981: Alan Shatter is elected to the Dáil.
**March 2011:** Shatter is appointed Minister for Justice and Defence, claiming his first seat at Cabinet after 30 years.
**April 4, 2012:** Sergeant Maurice McCabe reveals concerns and allegations relating to the cancelling of penalty points by gardaí
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