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Paul Williams: Fine Gael wants to regain law and order – but Justice Secretary Helen McEntee won’t have to deal with ordinary gardaí

Helen McEntee has clearly taken sides between the GRA and Drew Harris (left). Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

The “law and order party” Fine Gael and its Justice Minister Helen McEntee may come to regret her decision to decline the invitation to the annual conference of the Garda Representative Association.

The beleaguered minister did this in solidarity with her equally beleaguered Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, who is the first boss in the history of An Garda Síochána to be deliberately removed from the VIP guest list at the annual regular meeting.