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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter told the Law Society that the current system of appointing judges ‘is very much of its time and we could do better’.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ciara Kenny Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has called for public debate on the way judicial appointments are made. In an addres(...)

Supreme Court judge Frank Clarke said the Constitution had given “an unusually strong” role to the courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Oireachtas has turned out to be a weaker institution than was envisaged by the Constitution, a Supreme Court(...)

An independent judiciary

Few would deny the necessity to ensure the independence and accountability of the judiciary. The flaws that already exist in relation to govern(...)

Mr Justice Frank Clarke: “A more broadly based political representation would, of course, reduce any perception that appointments were made on a party political basis”

Striking the balance between holding judges accountable and maintaining their independence could be achieved by setting up an overarching body t(...)

The Supreme Court has ruled a firm owned by Sean Dunne’s wife, Gayle Killilea, is not obliged to lodge up to 600,000 euro to meet costs of a forthcoming legal action. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Supreme Court has ruled a private company owned by businessman Sean Dunne ’s wife, Gayle Killilea, is not obliged to lodge up to €600,000 t(...)

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