The Judicial Appointments Bill has lapsed after an 18-month  a filibuster coordinated by Independent Senator Michael McDowell. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

After its circuitous passage through the Oireachtas, the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill – a piece of draft legislation so riven by internal con(...)

It is an open secret that many Fine Gael TDs and senators have serious concerns about the judicial appointments Bill but feel bound by the commitment to Ross included in the programme for government.

It is still not too late for the Government to scrap the ill-advised Judicial Appointments Bill being foisted on the country at the whim of Minister f(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: has clashed with Shane Ross on occasion. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government agreed to nominate several more judges at its Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, filling vacancies in the the High Court, the Circuit Court an(...)

Judicial Appointments Bill: the political incompetence on display this week means the Seanad will have to try to rectify the contradictions that have been inserted in it. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was fitting that the Dáil debate on the Judicial Appointments Bill turned into a complete farce this week when TDs voted to accept contradictory am(...)

The Government’s judicial appointments Bill, which was driven by Minister for Transport Shane Ross,  is not the result of serious research or analysis. Photograph: Alan Betson

If the farce that is the Government’s handling of judicial appointments reform is in any way representative of how the current administration operates(...)

A general view of the  Four Courts. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill has completed the second stage of committee hearing despite concerns the new body for selecting judges may lack transparency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill has completed the second stage of committee hearing despite concerns the new body for selecting judges may l(...)

Fianna Fáil Dublin West TD Jack Chambers said the Government was proposing a 200-fold funding increase for yet another “bureaucratic quango”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has had to rely on the support of Sinn Féin to narrowly defeat an Opposition effort to remove a highly contentious provision in its new(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “Vested interests rarely if ever welcome reform in their own area.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has rejected criticism by senior members of the judiciary to the proposed new appointments system, claiming they wan(...)

The usual channel of communication between the Four Courts and Merrion Street is the Association of Judges of Ireland

The first striking thing about the letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar from the heads of the five courts is that it exists in the first place. Sent in la(...)

The letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was signed by former chief justice Susan Denham, as well as the presidents of the Court of Appeal, High Court, Circuit Court and District Courts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The country’s most senior judges told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in an “unprecedented” letter that controversial reforms championed by Minister for Transp(...)

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