Shatter may pay penalty for political point scoring

After a fortnight of controversy and facing a motion of no confidence in the Dáil, justice minister Alan Shatter's political future hangs in the balance, writes Pat Leahy.

25th May, 2013
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: facing a motion of no confidence. Photo: Photocall

Alan Shatter's future as Minister for Justice is secure if his account of an encounter with gardaí is not credibly challenged, according to high-ranking political sources.

However, any credible contradiction of the facts as given by Shatter "would be unbelievably serious", according to Labour Party sources, and would likely lead to Eamon Gilmore seeking Shatter's resignation.

Speculation this weekend centred on the existence of a garda report on the incident involving Shatter and gardaí....

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