Friday December 13, 2019

Shatter pulls few punches in telling story of his downfall

For all the colour and candour in Alan Shatter's memoir 'Frenzy and Betrayal: The Anatomy of a Political Assassination', there are moments when the former Minister for Justice's determination to confirm his innocence is grating

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

9th June, 2019
Despite a show of support from then taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2014, Alan Shatter was soon afterwards forced to resign his position as Minister for Justice Clodagh Kilcoyne

At 6.52am on May 7, 2014, Alan Shatter got a text from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. It read: “Need to give you the report from Guerin this morning. It’s very problematical [sic].” Nine hours later, Shatter handed in his letter of resignation as Minister for Justice. His arrestingly titled Frenzy and Betrayal: The Anatomy of a Political Assassination goes through the background to his abrupt departure from office on May 7, 2014.

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