Stephen Collins: The virtual silence on Shatter's hounding from office is odd

Frenzied reporting helped ensure the former minister was wrongly hounded from office

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: his combative style and intellect didn’t endear him to many fellow Dáil deputies and the legal profession also had it in for him. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: his combative style and intellect didn’t endear him to many fellow Dáil deputies and the legal profession also had it in for him. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In an age when injustices perpetrated in the past are regarded as important current news, there is something decidedly odd about the virtual silence that continues to surround the hounding from office just five years ago of Alan Shatter, one of the best ministers for justice in the history of the State.

Almost all of the claims and allegations that ultimately forced Shatter’s resignation from office in 2014 have been discredited or shown to be entirely false by judicial inquiries and decisions handed down by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

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