Sunday 11 December 2016

The judges matter more than the ministers

Published 30/01/2000 | 00:11

Though the Cabinet reshuffle may have drawn most of the headlines, in terms of real change the court appointments will influence our lives more, says John Drennan

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Though the Cabinet reshuffle may have drawn most of the headlines, in terms of real change the court appointments will influence our lives more, says John Drennan

THE Cabinet reshuffle may have got most of the headlines. However, its impact on Irish life calls to mind the tale of the peasant who asked Daniel O'Connell, ``Will we get the Catholic Emancipation, sor?''

O'Connell's response of ``It won't matter a damn to you, my good man; you'll still be breaking stones on the side of the road'' is probably as accurate an analysis of the consequences of Bertie's shuffle.

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