After various amendments it transpired that the Dáil appointed 16 people to a 13-member commission. File photograph: The Irish Times

The controversial legislation changing the way judges are appointed has been passed by the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad. The Judicial Appointment(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said co-operation between the Government and Sinn Féin did not mean the two parties are preparing to go into government. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A day of Dáil confusion over controversial legislation to reform the way judges are appointed has resulted in TDs making laws “in the dark”, the Oppos(...)

The bill ‘will remove the risk of political patronage’, says Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s long stalled proposals to reform the way judges are appointed are set to be finally passed through the Dáil follow(...)

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The attorney general is to be put back on the new commission to appoint judges, in changes made to the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. The chan(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “Too many cooks have spoiled the broth.”

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he would not have used the Attorney General’s “colourful language” but agreed the Judicial Appointments(...)

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross is  demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed soon. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

A Bill championed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross to reform the way judges are appointed has become a “complete dog’s dinner”, the Attorney Gener(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Former chief justice Susan Denham is the chief signatory of the letter, which takes issue with the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Senior judges have compared reforms to judicial appointments championed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross to choosing a cardiac surgeon on the opin(...)

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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