My mother and me: Alan Shatter on the devastating secret he kept to himself for 50 years
On December 21, 1964, Alan Shatter's mother Elaine died in tragic circumstances. Just 14 years of age, Alan came home from a Christmas lunch to find his mother's body on the kitchen floor. Her head was on a pillow beside the oven door with a coat over her. Elaine had gassed herself. Alan Shatter tells the story for the first time in his new book Life Is a Funny Business published by Poolbeg.
Read more when Alan Shatter spoke to Barry Egan about his new bookhttp://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/my-mother-and-me-alan-shatter-on-the-devastating-secret-he-kept-to-himself-for-50-years-36142034.html
Alan Shatter was born in Dublin on the 14th February 1951. He is a law graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has a Diploma in European Integration from the Europa Institute of the University of Amsterdam.
He was a partner in the solicitors firm Gallagher Shatter for almost thirty-five years and a member of Dáil Éireann [Lower House of the Irish Parliament] during the periods 1981–2002 and 2007–2016. He is a former chairman of the Joint Oireachtas [Irish Parliament] Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning. He was a member of government as both Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence (2011–2014). During Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union in 2013 he was President of the EU Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers and chaired meetings of EU Defence ministers.
He is the author of four major academic books on Irish Family Law. He is also the author of Family Planning Irish Style, a satire (1979) and Laura, a novel (1989).
He and his wife Carol live in Dublin and they have two adult children, Dylan and Kelly.