Sunday 17 December 2017

Attorney General Máire Whelan nominated to become a judge

Attorney General Maire Whelan Picture: Arthur Carron
Attorney General Maire Whelan Picture: Arthur Carron
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The government has nominated attorney general Máire Whelan to become a judge

In a statement, sent just over an hour after Enda Kenny stepped down as Taoiseach, the government confirmed that that it had nominated Ms Whelan SC for appointment by the President to the Court of Appeal.

The move leaves incoming Taoiseach leo Varadkar free to appoint a new Attorney General when he takes office tomorrow.

This vacancy arose following the retirement of the Hon Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan in March 2017.

"The Government has taken the necessary steps to advise formally President Higgins of the nomination in accordance with constitutional procedure," the statement concluded.

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