Minister for Transport Shane Ross. “The grandest panjandrum in contemporary Irish politics.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At Ennis District Court last week, Judge Patrick Durcan, a former Fine Gael politician, excoriated broadcaster Joe Duffy “and all the great panjandrum(...)

Shane Ross: at the Minister’s insistence, the Dáil spent hours debating the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week’s Dáil debate on the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill was not so much new politics, or old politics. It was just fake politics. It i(...)

Wexford TD and barrister James Browne said while judges must be experts on the law, they also needed a good temperament and an ability to weigh up individual cases.

Some of the State’s best paid lawyers would make terrible judges, Fianna Fáil Wexford TD and barrister James Browne has claimed. He said, on paper, s(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson/File

Legislation being sought by Minister for Transport Shane Ross to overhaul judicial appointments is unlikely to be passed for the summer due to a new p(...)

The Government is pressing ahead with the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill despite the opposition of the most senior judges in the State. File photograph: iStock

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told Ministers he cannot guarantee that controversial judicial appointments legislation will be enacted by the Dáil summer (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would seek advice on whether he could publish the letter sent to the Government by senior judges. Image: Oireachtas TV

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government’s proposal to change the way judicial appointments are made follows international practice. He said hav(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham: the weakening of her  role in appointments is one of the judges’  main concerns. Photograph: Frank Miller

Senior judges have sent an unprecedented letter to the Taoiseach outlining their concerns over the Government’s proposals to change the way judicial a(...)

 Jim O’Callaghan: “That is a deeply flawed piece of legislation, and it’s not just me that’s saying that”

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan says his party will repeal the forthcoming Judicial Appointments Commission Bill if it is elected to g(...)

One of the long-standing concerns of the society has been the low number of solicitors appointed to senior judicial posts. It is understood the society feels the system proposed by the department would help to address this. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The proposed shake-up of the system for appointing judges has split the two arms of the legal profession, with solicitors rowing in behind a controver(...)

Senator Michael McDowell has criticised the  Government’s lay majority on the proposed judicial appointments commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former tánaiste and minister for justice Senator Michael McDowell has claimed the Government’s lay majority on the proposed judicial appointments comm(...)

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