Saturday 23 September 2017

Why should our judges be exempt from criticism?

There are some good arguments for not criticising judges, but they are not good enough, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Justice Maire Whelan newly appointed to the Court of Appeal.
Justice Maire Whelan newly appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Eilis O'Hanlon

Last Monday, Leo Varadkar was criticised for mentioning Love Actually on his first visit to Downing Street as Taoiseach. "Demeaning his office," moaned the killjoys.

Last Tuesday, the Fine Gael leader was more legitimately pulled up for unveiling a line-up of junior ministers so emphatically male that it makes DC Comics' Justice League look like a delegation from the National Women's Council.

Last Wednesday, he was under fire again over the lack of 24-hour cardiac services in Waterford following the death of a young father-to-be. Thursday saw Varadkar lose his first vote in the Dail.

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