Alan Shatter, his wife and some gardaí

The south’s Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, has a soft voice and an ego as big as the Ritz. When four representatives of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors ( AGSI) walked out on him at their conference, he said he was glad he hadn’t brought his wife, presumably since she was even more sensitive to the “discourtesy” of the garda representatives than he is.
AGSI president Tim Galvin sees things a bit differently. With more than a hundred garda stations closed last month, he said to Shatter: “You told us the lack of consultation in relation to the first series of closures would not be repeated and that we would be updated and kept informed. Twelve months on nothing has changed. Your words were lies”.
And wouldn’t you know it: power sucks up to power. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has expressed his outrage at the “discourtesty” to Shatter and there’s talk of tough disciplining of the four representatives who walked out. 
All this bluster, of course, is to put the frighteners on the upcoming conference of rank-and-file gardaí who are traditionally more militant than the AGSI. We can only pray that they tell Shatter where to put his umbrage.

3 Responses to Alan Shatter, his wife and some gardaí

  1. Anonymous March 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Some might say that Gerry Adam’s ego is no small thing either.A touching regard for the Gardai in your blog.Alan Shatter may well be an arrogant individual but at least none of his party members were responsible for the killing of Gardai.Can Mr Adams say the same in relation to the killing of Jerry Mc Cabe?

    • Anonymous March 31, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Stop obsessing about Gerry Adams,it’s indicative of a limited intellect and has absolutely nothing to do with the article written.

  2. Anonymous March 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Anonymous 11 21
    Perhaps you would explain why a supposed obsession with Gerry Adams is evidence of a limited intellect ? The blog is about the Gardai and their relationship with the Minister of Justice Alan Shatter.Jude reckons that he has a massive ego.I feel that I am entitled to point out that other politicians in the South have also big egos and have had somewhat of an ambivalent attitude to the Gardai.