A new Court of Appeal would play a crucial role in clearing the large backlog that currently exists in the Supreme Court system, according to barrister and Labour TD Michael McNamara.
He said a Court of Appeal would act as a filter between the High Court and Supreme Court and directly deal with the majority of appeals from the High Court.
"In recent years there has been a huge rise in the number of appeals but the size of the Supreme Court has remained the same. The result is a huge backlog of appeals before the Supreme Court, which are clogging up the system and creating unacceptable delays," he said.
"Currently, if you win or lose a civil case in the High Court and it's appealed to the Supreme Court there is a four-year delay. For criminal cases that delay is 18 months. This is unacceptable. It effectively means that a person must wait in jail for 18 months while they protest their innocence.
BATTLE OF THE BRIGHT SPARKS BEGINS
THE application process to find Ireland's brightest spark is now open as ESB group finance director Donal Flynn joined Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO of the Dublin Web Summit, to announce details of the 2013 ESB 'Spark of Genius' award at this year's Dublin Web Summit.
Now in its fourth year, the competition will see 30 Irish tech firms battle it out to win a prize fund valued in excess of €25,000. Applications are open from today until Thursday, September 26 when the shortlist of 30 finalists will be announced (more details at www.websummit.net).
MASTERCHEF CHAMP TO WOW THE PLOUGH
'Celebrity Masterchef' winner David Gillick is set to cook up a storm at the Electric Ireland stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, this week. There are three showcase demonstrations each day, starting Tuesday.
BIKE-SHARE SCHEMES ANNOUNCED
Details of new bike-share schemes for Cork, Limerick and Galway have been announced.
The schemes, which will be the first of their kind in the cities, will allow potential cyclists to use bikes for either free or at a low cost and take/leave them at various docking stations throughout the cities.
The roll out of the schemes is being made possible following an agreement by Coca-Cola Ireland to partner with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The bikes will be known as "coke Zero Bikes" and the scheme will come into operation next July.
GAA DRIVERS WARNED TO TAKE CARE
Mr Noel Brett of the Road Safety Authority said: "We want everyone to enjoy the day and don't want to see the trip to Croke Park turn into a tragedy for anyone."
"Our message is simple – plan your journey in advance, allow plenty of time for your journey, drive at an appropriate speed for the traffic and weather conditions, never take drugs or drink and drive or travel in a car driven by someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs.
"A particular message this year is to ask drivers to ensure that safety belts are used by everyone in the car, front and back," he added.
WIRE HEADING FOR THE WORKMAN'S
ART rock pioneers Wire come to Dublin to play a one-off show next weekend. The influential four-piece band play the Workman's Club on Wellington Quay this Friday, September 27. Doors are at 8pm and you'll get advance tickets from Ticktmaster.