Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at at Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s remark about Independent TD Mick Wallace “has had a political impact far beyond its seemingly throwaway nature. It has raised serious issue surrounding ministerial power, rights and responsibilities.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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