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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Michael Williams: We need proper reform of our courts system – not new layer of judges

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:00

The Four Courts Dublin
The Four Courts Dublin

On October 4 next, as well as voting on abolishing the Seanad, we will consider a composite proposal, first to approve the establishment of a new Court of Appeal and, second, to remove a rule that when the Supreme Court makes a decision on a constitutional issue, only one judgment appears.

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But, amazingly, the Government has limited our choice. We must vote for or against the package. We may not approve one part but not the other.

To reject a proposed amendment that comes to us from politicians who treat us so disrespectfully is a natural reaction, and would give them a useful message.

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