Shane Ross said he has been ‘fighting the battle of judicial appointments for three years’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said the idea of becoming Minister for Justice to oversee reforms to how judges are appointed, an issue champion(...)

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Suggestions he has neglected his brief for pet projects are rejected as a ‘myth’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In a few weeks from now, Shane Ross hopes to find himself in the same position he was four years ago: re-elected to the Dáil and negotiating with pote(...)

Independent Senator Victor Boyhan said they were doing a job to rigorously pursue and tease out all the issues

Opposition Senators have signalled their intention to challenge legislation on the reform of how judges are appointed to prevent it becoming law befor(...)

Independent Senator Michael McDowell  re-iterated his call for a legal majority on the commission to appoint judges. file photograph: Collins

A renewed attempt to ensure legal representatives are in a majority on a new commission for the appointment of judges has been rejected by 15 votes to(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill would be delayed at least into the autumn. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Controversial legislation on judicial appointments finally moved on to the next stage after a marathon debate of more than 100 hours came to an unexpe(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said  formal guidelines on sentencing would enhance confidence in the criminal judicial system. Photograph: Tom Honan

Twenty years after it was first proposed, landmark legislation to deal with judicial misconduct and sentencing guidelines was passed in the Dáil after(...)

Independent Senator Michael McDowell, leading opponent of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government might make another effort to guillotine one of the longest running legislation debates in Irish parliamentary history after narrowly fa(...)

The process will closely follow the process used to appoint Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Justice Frank Clarke in 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

The process to appoint new presidents of the Circuit and District Courts has been initiated by the Government. It will be modelled on proposed refor(...)

Senator Michael McDowell called for a break from 2pm to 3pm to have lunch in the members’ restaurant rather than a sandwich. Photograph: Tom Honan

What time Senators take their lunch and whether it is a proper meal or a sandwich break provoked a row in the Upper House and led to two votes, one of(...)

‘If judges are taken off the pitch, it could have problems for the practical administration of justice.’ Photograph: Nicolas Nadjar

Judges facing claims of misconduct will have hearings of complaints made against them held in public, under changes being introduced by the Government(...)

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