Sunday 4 December 2016

'Judges have served us well'

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Tom Burke
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Tom Burke

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said all members of the Government believe that the country has been well served by the judiciary despite statements that judges might need reminding of their oath.

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Ms Fitzgerald has attempted to play down the comments from Transport Minister Shane Ross, who is demanding a register of interests be introduced for judges. He also said they have a "charmed life".

Fianna Fáil's justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan said the statements should not be allowed to pass without clarification.

"They take their oath very seriously. The hidden message from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport was that we cannot trust a lot of these people and that is why we need to regulate them on a statutory basis," he said.

In response Ms Fitzgerald said: "I believe we in Ireland have been particularly well served by the Judiciary down through the decades, and this has been recognised internationally."

She said the Government was committed to setting up a new judicial council as "every system needs a review and needs reform". Fine Gael has yet to decide if it supports a register of interests for judges.

Irish Independent

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