Frenzy and Betrayal: The Anatomy of a Political Assassination


Alan Shatter

May 2019

Compelling, dramatic and unique insight into the most shocking series of corruption scandals to rock the Irish political system in decades.

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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

  1. Plane Sailing
  2. Joined at the Hip
  3. Vulnerabilities, Anomalies and Threats
  4. The Media Frenzy Begins
  5. Confusion Confounded & a Wandering Definitive
  6. GSOC Unchained and Post-Truths
  7. Insomnia, the Pink Panther and Inspector Gadget
  8. Sticky Wickets and Ritz Crackers
  9. Flying Empty Planes, Severed Hips and Rotting Fish
  10. Political Tsunami
  11. GSOC Cooked
  12. The Presumption of Guilt and Chasing Geese!
  13. Cooking Cooke and the Invisible Leak
  14. Along Comes Olly!
  15. A Tangled Web and Armageddon
  16. The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the …?
  17. Guilty until Proven Innocent
  18. The Ides of March
  19. Ticket Charges and Penalty Points
  20. Disgust
  21. ‘Real People Love the Shane and Mary Lou Show’
  22. A Failed Prophet and a Ticking Time Bomb
  23. ‘Distinguished not Disgusting’
  24. Entering a Parallel Universe
  25. Leo’s Source
  26. Garda Recordings Rediscovered
  27. The Garda Commissioner Retires
  28. Shedding Crocodile Tears
  29. Tapegate, Twin Egos, Leo Leonised and God’s Earth
  30. Fake News Irish Style and Alternative Facts
  31. The Arrogant and Perfidious Jew
  32. The Guerin Report is Born
  33. Presumed Guilty as Charged and Rehab Denied or a Uniquely Irish Coup
  34. Guerin v O’Higgins: The Truth Two Years Too Late
  35. A Rush to Judgement, Legal Guff & Reformers Beware!
  36. Complaints Upheld, Exaggerated, Unfounded & Withdrawn
  37. Betrayal, Conscience, Excoriation and Vindication
  38. Watergate Irish Style!
  39. The Rule of Law
  40. Outside Looking In
  41. Kenny and Fitzgerald Resign
  42. 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.

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