Labour activist to be made judge
THE former chairperson of Labour Women has been nominated to the District Court.
Barrister Sinead Ni Chulachain, who served as treasurer to the Labour Party's Women Executive, has been nominated by the Government alongside a solicitor whose family have strong links to the Fine Gael party.
Ms Ni Chulachain will be joined on the bench by James Faughnan, a Leitrim-based solicitor once invited to run as a Fine Gael candidate in the Carrick-on-Shannon electoral area in the 2004 local elections.
These two vacancies arise from the retirement from the district court of Judge Mary O'Halloran and the resignation of Ms Heather Perrin, a former solicitor who is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence at An Dochas women's prison for deception.
The Cabinet, which met yesterday, has also nominated two senior counsel as judges of the High Court to fill vacancies arising from the retirements of Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe and Mr Justice Roderick Murphy.
Anthony Barr SC, who worked for six years on the Morris Tribunal, has been nominated to the High Court. David Keane SC, a former solicitor and lawyer based at the Chief State Solicitor's Office, has also been nominated to the High Court.