Frenzy In High Places



I Was Right Frenzy and Betrayal: The Anatomy of a Political Assassination (Irish Academic Press)

A new book by former Justice Minister Alan Shatter scheduled to be published on May 20.

The table of contents contain the headings:

Plane Sailing

Joined at the Hip

Vulnerabilities, Anomalies and Threats

The Media Frenzy Begins

Confusion Confounded and a Wandering Definitive

GSOC Unchained and Post-Truths

Insomnia, the Pink Panther and Inspector Gadget

Sticky Wickets and Rits 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

Varadkar’s Source

Garda Recordings Discovered

Oh what a Tangled Web

The Garda Commissioner Retires

Shedding Crocodile Tears

Tapegate, Twin Egos, Leo Lionised and God’s Earth

Fake News Irish-Style and Alternative Facts

The Arrogant and Perfidious Jew

The Guerin Report is Born

A Uniquely Irish Political Coup

Guerin v O’Higgins: The Truth Two Years Too Late

A Rush to Judgement, Legal Guff and Reformers Beware!

Complaints Upheld, Exaggerated, Unfounded and Withdrawn

Betrayal, Conscience, Excoriation and Vindication

Watergate Irish-Style!

The Rule of Law

Outside Looking In

Enda Kenny Resigns

The Resignations of Nóirín O’Sullivan and Frances Fitzgerald

The Disclosures Tribunal Reports

Closure and a Pyrrhic Victory

He seems to be getting over it.

Frenzy and Betrayal: The Anatomy of A Political Assassination (Alan Shatter, Irish Academic Press/Merrion Press)

H/T: Oireachtas Retort



Enda The Road.

TV3 Virgin Media One’s political correspondent Gavan Reilly‘s book on the nine-day downfall of former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, published by Mercier Press.

It can be purchased here  ahead of its official launch by Matt Cooper at Dubray Books on Grafton Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday, May 30.

26 thoughts on “Frenzy In High Places

  1. Ian-O

    Shatter, unlike many in FG, was a very capable person but his own poor choices left him open to the ‘assassination’ as he puts it.

    He could have a great one, he was too chummy with Callinan and was too much of a mouth on TV.

    Also, the whole drink driving test he ducked out of, no matter how much he may have been in the right (or not) was terrible optics.

  2. gringo

    Bad enough that we have to suffer the incompetence of these tramps without having to read about them.

  3. Ben Redmond

    What matters in politics are events, dear boy, events. Media frenzy magnifies events.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      That subtitle layout is awful too. And who would put a Matt Cooper endorsement on the front cover? That’s for the likes of the Irish Times.

    2. curmudgeon

      It’s Gavin Reilly, set a low bar for expectations. I mean he chose social justice warrior and Ivan Yates’s sidekick Matt Cooper for a cover quote, must have been a short walk over to him in the canteen to get it.

  4. eoin

    “Alan Shatter, my part in his downfall” by Mick Wallace. Now that’s a book I’d buy.

  5. curmudgeon

    Alan Shatter – How to get fired and get paid for it – The art of the defamation deal.

    1. missred

      While those quotes make me want to vom, all the smut is in the one scene. I read the rest of the book and it is desperately dull

  6. The Old Boy

    Shouldn’t that be Writs Crackers?

    (With apologies to Paulus, I’ll get my gown)

    1. Lilly

      What are Rits crackers anyway? Does he mean Ritz crackers or am I missing some pun?

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