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Ireland’s Jewish Justice Minister Resigns Over Government Report

Ireland’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter, the only Jewish lawmaker in the Irish government, has resigned.

Shatter offered his surprise resignation Wednesday in advance of a 300-page report from a state-ordered investigation that said his office mishandled the complaints of police corruption by a whistleblower, according to Irish media reports. He has served in the position for three years.

Shatter survived a no-confidence motion in the Irish parliament last month.

In April, the Irish Army’s bomb squad was sent to Shatter’s Dublin home to remove a package containing an unidentified white powder and anti-Semitic material. The white powder was discovered to be harmless.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny told the Dali, or lower house of the Irish Parliament, that the incident was a “new low” for the country.

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