Jewish lawmaker becomes Irish justice minister in new government

10 March 2011

Alan Shatter Ireland's only Jewish member of parliament, has been appointed as new Irish justice minister.  Shatter was sworn in Wednesday. Following last week’s parliamentary election, a coalition government of his center-right Fine Gael Party and the liberal Labor Party was formed. Shatter represents a constituency in the south of Dublin, where most of Ireland's Jews live.

For Shatter, who is 60 years old, the appointment marks the culmination of 30 years in politics, during which he made a name for himself as a reformer of Ireland's conservative family laws. Shatter  is the second Jewish Cabinet minister in Ireland's history after Mervyn Taylor in the 1990s. He also is well known as a staunch supporter of Israel.
 

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KOFI KANKAM

Sat, 12 Mar 2011

WE WELCOME THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. SHATTER AND BELIEVE HE IS THE RIGHT MAN TO REFORM ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION IN IRELAND. WE BELIVE HE WOULD BRING MORE POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON IMMIGRATION AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE STATE, HELP MIGRANTS WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE STATE, CLOSE ALL UNDIGNIFIED ASYLUM HOSTELS AND STOP MONIES BEING PAID TO HOSTEL MANAGERS BUT TO REAL HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS AND BRING PEOPLE OUT OF HOSTELS BEING TREATED LIKE SLAVES IN CAMPS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITIES. HE IS A MESSIAH FOR THE ENTIRE IRISH IMMIGRATION.