Well, we’ve heard it all now. Alan Shatter, the Minister of Justice (and off-the-record tips from the Gardaí on Opposition politicians), has announced some, um, irregularities of his own in relation to Garda largesse when it comes to applying the law of the land to Ireland’s political elites. From Deputy Shatter’s statement in Dáil Éireann today published by the Irish Independent:
“Deputy McGrath in the Dáil this morning asked the Tánaiste about an event involving me which he alleged occurred sometime between the holding of the 2011 General Election and the appointment of the Government.
No such event occurred at the time stated by the Deputy.
However, I do recall an occasion in 2009, or possibly late 2008, when there was a Garda night-time mandatory checkpoint in Pembroke Street in Dublin.
There was a queue of motorists and when I was reached, like those before me, my Road Tax and Insurance discs were checked and I was asked to exhale into a breathalyser. I did so but failed to fully complete the task due to my being asthmatic. I explained this to the Garda.
I also explained that I was on my way home from Dáil Éireann and that I had consumed no alcohol of any nature that day. The Garda consulted with another Garda and I was waved on.
To avoid any doubt or confusion, the incident I referenced in the Dáil on Tuesday evening was an occasion when I was in a Bus Lane at about 11.30 am on Ormond Quay in Dublin some years ago.
A Garda on a motorbike stopped by my car and directed me to roll down my window and informed me I should not be in a Bus Lane. I explained that the signage detailed that all vehicles could travel in it between 10am and 12 noon. No more was said and he moved on.”
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others…
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