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(...)

Shane Ross: the Minister   had expected the Bill to be passed before the summer, but has not commented on the delay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael had the support of Sinn Féin and Solidarity People Before Profit to pass the second stage vote in the Dáil on the controversial Judicial App(...)

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(...)

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