Chief Justice Frank Clarke delivering a speech ahead of the new law term at the Four Courts last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new Chief Justice is concerned special interest groups, such as those on either side of the abortion debate, will attempt to influence the appoint(...)

Susan Denham made her final appearance on the Supreme Court bench on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

When, in December 1992, Susan Denham became the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, it was a culture shock for her and for the instituti(...)

 Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke pictured in the Four Courts after the announcement that he is to be appointed as the new chief justice. Photograph: Collins Courts

Most young barristers have to wait years for a meaty case to arrive on their desk. Frank Clarke was qualified less than a year when one of the biggest(...)

Mr Justice Frank Clarke: first member of his family to go to university

After almost 20 years as a senior counsel, Frank Clarke was head-hunted for the High Court in 2004 by the Fianna Fáil/PD coalition. With a degree in(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised over Dáil comments about former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photographs: The Irish Times

The country’s most senior judge has rebuked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over Dáil comments about former attorney gene(...)

 Chief Justice Susan Denham made a series of remarks on Wednesday emphasising the importance of the separation of powers between the Oireachtas and the judiciary. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Senior members of the judiciary are “extremely disappointed” following Micheál Martin’s personal attack on Máire Whelan who has now been officially ap(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw remarks he made about the suitability of Máire Whelan to be made a (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál  Martin:  said trust between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had been damaged by the events of the past few days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The process of former attorney general Máire Whelan’s nomination as a judge on the Court of Appeal drew criticism from Ministers at Tuesday’s Cabinet (...)

 Máire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D. Higgins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil that he put pressure on President Michael D Higgins to appoint former attorney general Máir(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will he rescind Máire Whelan’s appointment  and reopen the process? Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Enda Kenny paid Leo Varadkar the compliment of nominating him to be his successor as taoiseach on Wednesday, but he has also left him with the first p(...)

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