Harry Whelehan

15 results

Séamus Woulfe: While the Government maintains his appointment was never a done deal,  comments from former office holders maintain this is “not credible”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Imagine, within days of taking up a new job at the head of a busy bureaucracy, you are given a list of more than 50 names and told to choose one to be(...)

‘Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for appointment by the President.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Few public appointment processes are more important, yet none is more haphazard or opaque. Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for (...)

Mespil Estate on Sussex Road in Dublin 4. Photograph: David Sleator

Since it was first built in the 1950s, the Mespil Estate on Sussex Road in Dublin 4 has been the subject of both fascination and obsession for investo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Philip Toscano/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar has had a baptism of fire as Taoiseach, having to deal with a political crisis over a judicial appointment in his first week in the job a(...)

Máire Whelan, President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday during the  signing of  the warrant appointing Ms Whelan to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Karl Marx said history repeats itself the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. The most recent Irish instance of this principle is tha(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan SC, who was nominated by the Government this week for appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Through much of the 20th century, there was an unwritten convention that an attorney general would have first refusal on senior judicial positions. Ma(...)

Outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan has been nominated to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Government has declined to say how the nomination of the outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan to the State’s second highest court, the Court of (...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

A demonstration in February 1992 outside Government Buildings against the High Court injunction forbidding a 14-year-old rape victim from obtaining an abortion in Britain. The banner includes a telephone number which was deleted by The Irish Times, in compliance with the High Court ruling of December 1986, which found that the provision of assistance, including information, to a pregnant woman seeking an abortion was in breach of Article 40 of the Constitution. Photograph: Eric Luke

1983 Referendum leads to constitutional amendment recognising the right to life of the unborn child. 1986 High Court rules that the availability to w(...)

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994,  Liam Hamilton, with, from left, the Attorney General  Harry Whelehan, President Mary Robinson,  Minister for Justice Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and  Tánaiste  Dick Spring. Whelehan’s appointment as President of the High Court triggered a political crisis and judicial reform. Photograph: Frank Miller

It is reasonable to date this subject from the appointment of Harry Whelehan, as President of the High Court. This appointment was made on the basis o(...)

  • 1
  • 2
  • Next
  • Last »