Shane Ross: The unhappy outsider running out of time

From Stepaside station to judicial appointments, Minister is not getting his way

Shane Ross: He has continued to be an outsider. It has not made for a happy or productive experience in Government.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Shane Ross: He has continued to be an outsider. It has not made for a happy or productive experience in Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Another week, another row in Government over an issue that has become a running sore for the entire lifetime of the administration: the appointment of a judge.

Differences flared between the Independent Alliance and Fine Gael before the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, as Shane Ross objected to an agenda item which proposed the nomination of Judge George Bermingham as President of the Court of Appeal, one of the three most senior judicial offices in the State.

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