Sunday 11 December 2016

It's JAABs for the boys - canvassing is 'mandatory'

Shane Ross

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

Guilty as charged: Whatever way it's dressed up, the evidence of political favouritism in the appointment of judges is overwhelming
Guilty as charged: Whatever way it's dressed up, the evidence of political favouritism in the appointment of judges is overwhelming

Imagine you are a tired solicitor. You are struggling in a rural practice, barely making ends meet. You are facing the prospect of closure as your local town sinks into decline. Your future is bleak.

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Fear not. Help is at hand. Maybe you did not see the job vacancy in the paper on Friday. Gainful employment beckons. You do not need anything beyond your legal qualification. The job is not too taxing. It pays over two grand a week. The hours are short. You do not have any home work. You cannot be sacked. You will get a pension. Yes, if you can you believe it, you qualify to be a judge?

Are you a supporter of Fine Gael or Labour? You are on the inside track, heading for the District Court.

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