Supreme Court jobs go to former FG stalwarts
TWO former Fine Gael stalwarts have been appointed by the Government to the Supreme Court.
High Court Judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin (right), one of the chief advisers to Finance Minister Michael Noonan during his 2002 election campaign, has been nominated by the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition.
Judge MacMenamin will be joined on the court by Mr Justice Frank Clarke, a former election agent and speechwriter for former Fine Gael minister (now High Court judge) George Bermingham.
The judges, whose appointments have been widely welcomed in legal and political circles, will replace Ms Justice Fidelma Macken and Mr Justice Joe Finnegan, who retired in recent days from the Supreme Court.
Mr Justice Clarke has won widespread praise as a judge of the Commercial Court who has handled some of the biggest cases during the downturn including developer Liam Carroll's failed examinership bid for his Zoe Group.
Mr Justice MacMenamin has, in recent years, presided over the sensitive High Court minor's list for troubled and vulnerable children.