Published 21/09/2011 | 05:00
•The Law Term commences on October 3 next -- over two months since the last one ended. Recently, invitations have gone out to the legal profession inviting them to the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, to be held at St Michan's Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7.
This Mass is attended by representatives of the leaders of Irish society, the judiciary, barristers and solicitors, members of the legal profession from overseas, senior members of both An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces, together with other invited guests.
It seems strange that in a republic the law term would start with a religious service. It is particularly strange that the religious service is not an ecumenical one, but rather a Catholic service, and a high-church service at that.