Curtin inquiry ceases pending court challenge

 

The Oireachtas committee investigating Judge Brian Curtin is to adjourn while the High Court hears an application from his lawyers to challenge its inquiries.

The Tralee-based judge was acquitted on charges of posessing child pornography earlier this year.

His legal representatives intend to make an application to the High Court early next week for a judicial review, the committee said in a statement to ireland.comthis evening.

Following a meeting to hear submissions on the matter yesterday, the committee said it will meet again in January to review its decision.

Earlier this month, the committee, chaired by the Cork TD, Mr Denis O'Donovan, ordered the judge to hand over his personal computer to the inquiry before December 22nd.

The inquiry was set up after the Government passed a motion to remove Judge Curtin from office "for stated misbehaviour" following his acquittal.

The case collapsed after it emerged that the warrant used by gardaí to seize his computer was out of date.

Last week, Judge Curtin was disqualified from driving for two years, fined €250 and had his licence endorsed after he admitted driving with almost three times the legal alcohol limit when stopped by gardaí earlier this year.