Supreme Court judge John McMenamin. File photograph: Collins

Supreme Court judge John McMenamin has called for legislation changing the eligibility limits for legal aid to be examined. Delivering the annual Bri(...)

Senator Michael McDowell had repeatedly called elements of the  legislation unconstitutional. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The lapsing of the controversial judicial appointments Bill with the dissolution of the Dáil has been welcomed by members of the judiciary and politic(...)

Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin participates in the Thousand Scarlet Robes March at the weekend in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Getty

An Irish Supreme Court judge has described a demonstration of dozens European judges in Warsaw in defence of their Polish colleagues as a “humbling” e(...)

Mr Justice John MacMenamin in Warsaw for protest in support of Polish judges. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty

European Judges are not used to being greeted with applause – at least, that is, until Saturday afternoon in Warsaw. Dressed in black pleated robes t(...)

Protesters rallied in support of the Polish judiciary in December 2019. Judges from across Europe will take part in a silent protest in Warsaw on January 11th. Photograph: Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty

The body representing Irish judges will condemn the Polish government’s “unrelenting threats” to judicial independence in a strongly worded letter to (...)

Supreme Court judge John Mac Menamin will represent his colleagues at a silent protest in Warsaw on Saturday over the erosion of the rule of law in the country. Photograph: Alan Betson

Under the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, Poland has been sliding towards authoritarianism. It has polarised national life by whipping up fe(...)

Mr Justice John McMenamin:  will march in full robes with Polish and European colleagues at the protest against curbs on the Polish legal system.  Photograph: Eric Luke

An Irish Supreme Court judge is to participate in a protest march in support of Polish colleagues who say their independence is being systematically e(...)

In a letter to the Public Service Pay Commission two years ago, but published only this month, the Association of Judges of Ireland said it was concerned with what its president, Mr Justice George Birmingham of the Court of Appeal, called “the quality of applicants” for judicial roles. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish judges are concerned about the calibre of people seeking to join their ranks. In a letter to the Public Service Pay Commission two years ago, bu(...)

In the letter, Mr Justice George Birmingham of the Court of Appeal wrote: ‘Our concern was not necessarily with the number of applicants but with the quality of applicants.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Association of Judges of Ireland expressed concern about the quality of the people applying to be judges in a letter to the Public Service Pay Com(...)

Mr Justice George Birmingham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has agreed to appoint Mr Justice George Birmingham as president of the Court of Appeal. Mr Birmingham’s promotion was agreed at Tuesda(...)

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