From top: Frenzy and Betrayal (top) by Alan Shatter, above right with Leo Varadkar in 2010
Alan Shatter launching his book this evening. Here’s a short extract in which he 🔥s the current Taoiseach pic.twitter.com/qMWG4WzvYs
— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 29, 2019
The ex-Dublin Rathdown TD writes at length about a now infamous speech given by Mr Varadkar at a road safety conference in March 2014.
Mr Varadkar called on then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to withdraw controversial remarks he made about the two Garda whistleblowers, Maurice McCabe and John Wilson.
The commissioner used the word “disgusting” in relation to the leaking of details of the scrapping of penalty points by the two men.
By contrast, Mr Varadkar described them as “distinguished” and suggested the Department of Justice was not properly investigating the allegations.
Mr Shatter was in Mexico on government business at the time and felt “ambushed” by the comments.
In his book, he claims Mr Varadkar chose to “entirely ignore” briefings from the Department of Justice on the actions being taken and the fact the issue had been referred to the Garda Inspectorate.
Mr Shatter says the RSA event was used “as a platform for a publicity-seeking piece of self promotion”.
“The speech also clearly promoted the false narrative that both Callinan and I had ‘turned a blind eye to McCabe’s complaints…”
“I believe that Varadkar was opportunistically reigniting a controversy, despite knowing the background to be more complex than the public could have understood or as presented by Opposition politicians and media commentators.”
He continued: “Varadkar was depicted as the handsome hero, Luke Skywalker, and Martin Callinan and I joined at the hip as Darth Vader, with the shadow of Maurice McCabe cast across the whole stage.”
Previously: Revenge Is A Cold Canapé