A judge who makes sense? Well I never...
It's not often this column has much call to praise the actions, thoughts, deeds or statements of an Irish judge.
The media is reluctant to go up against them, the lawyers don't need a judge with a long memory putting them in their little black book and they remain the only section of society exempt from public criticism. Apart from the great Morrissey, of course, who lamented the fact that "I bear more grudges than lonely High Court judges".
But as much as the judges in this country – and any other country where they are not elected, it should be noted – may as well be the Gods of Olympus and we are but mere goat herders in the valleys below, we should also be prepared to give credit where it is due – and credit is most certainly due to Ennis District Court judge Patrick Durcan who has handed a six-month driving ban to a local woman for parking in a disabled car space.