Friday 18 August 2017

Nomination perfectly legal - but smacks of a stroke nonetheless

Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

No laws were broken in the nomination by the Cabinet of former attorney general Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal.

The Constitution is explicit that the Government has the prerogative to nominate who it likes for appointment to the courts by the President.

While this may be the case, the manner in which Ms Whelan was selected was deeply flawed from the point of view of transparency and fairness.

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