On 6 May 2014, two reports condemning the conduct of Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, were delivered to government buildings in Dublin. Shatter resigned from cabinet the next day under pressure from Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his reputation destroyed and his political career in tatters. The GSOC bugging scandal had precipitated an avalanche of Garda corruption allegations and Shatter was in the eye of the storm. He was savaged by the media, and accusations of his covering up espionage and of ignoring the concerns of whistle blowers such as Maurice McCabe were widely accepted. Damaged by false narratives and political maneuvering by Enda Kenny, he then lost his Dáil seat in 2016, another casualty of the ongoing wave of scandals.
Pilloried and demonized by opposition politicians, commentators, and even cabinet colleagues, Shatter was also accused of undermining the administration of justice and of misusing his position to spy on political opponents. From the first phone-tapping allegations to the explosive Charleton Report, this is the phenomenal story of a cataclysmic period in Irish politics from Alan Shatter’s unique perspective,
Compelling, sardonic and searingly honest, Frenzy and Betrayal is the sensational, unprecedented and forensic inside-story of a political assassination, the Irish ‘Post-Truth’ media, and one of the most turbulent political controversies to rock the Irish political system in decades.
Table of Contents
- Plane Sailing
- Joined at the Hip
- Vulnerabilities, Anomalies and Threats
- The Media Frenzy Begins
- Confusion Confounded & a Wandering Definitive
- GSOC Unchained and Post-Truths
- Insomnia, the Pink Panther and Inspector Gadget
- Sticky Wickets and Ritz Crackers
- Flying Empty Planes, Severed Hips and Rotting Fish
- Political Tsunami
- GSOC Cooked
- The Presumption of Guilt and Chasing Geese!
- Cooking Cooke and the Invisible Leak
- Along Comes Olly!
- A Tangled Web and Armageddon
- The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the …?
- Guilty until Proven Innocent
- The Ides of March
- Ticket Charges and Penalty Points
- ‘Real People Love the Shane and Mary Lou Show’
- A Failed Prophet and a Ticking Time Bomb
- ‘Distinguished not Disgusting’
- Entering a Parallel Universe
- Leo’s Source
- Garda Recordings Rediscovered
- The Garda Commissioner Retires
- Shedding Crocodile Tears
- Tapegate, Twin Egos, Leo Leonised and God’s Earth
- Fake News Irish Style and Alternative Facts
- The Arrogant and Perfidious Jew
- The Guerin Report is Born
- Presumed Guilty as Charged and Rehab Denied or a Uniquely Irish Coup
- Guerin v O’Higgins: The Truth Two Years Too Late
- A Rush to Judgement, Legal Guff & Reformers Beware!
- Complaints Upheld, Exaggerated, Unfounded & Withdrawn
- Betrayal, Conscience, Excoriation and Vindication
- Watergate Irish Style!
- The Rule of Law
- Outside Looking In
- Kenny and Fitzgerald Resign
- Closure and a Pyrrhic Victory
About the Author
Alan Shatter is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence from 2011 to 2014. He was a TD for the Dublin South constituency from 1981 to 2002, and from 2007 to 2016. He was a partner in the Dublin law firm Gallagher Shatter (1977–2011) and is the author of several academic and general publications.