Wednesday 21 March 2018

Challenge to High Court appointment is rejected

Businessman Jerry Beades. Photo: Collins
Businessman Jerry Beades. Photo: Collins
President Higgins with Mr Justice Kelly at his appointment as President of the High Court in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Maxwells

Tim Healy

A ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin to approve the new president of the High Court was delayed amid a legal challenge - which was rejected.

Businessman Jerry Beades sought to prevent Mr Justice Peter Kelly accepting his seal of office from the President, claiming he is unfit to hold the post.

Mr Beades claimed the judge was previously biased when dealing with a case involving him. He alleged Mr Justice Kelly failed to disclose financial interests in entities, including Bank of Ireland, in which he had previously held shares.

Mr Beades sought a hearing of his application for an interim injunction - which was rejected by Mr Justice Paul Gilligan.

He also asked that Mr Justice Gilligan, who supervises the injunction list, not deal with the matter - because he also had shares in Bank of Ireland.

Mr Justice Gilligan said he did not see that as a valid reason, as the shares he had in the bank were worth €1,000 at most. Mr Beades said he thought the judge had "300,000 shares". The judge said "that is complete nonsense" and added that he was going to proceed.

He said the application had been designed to cause acute embarrassment to Judge Kelly "on the day that is in it".

Mr Justice Kelly is due to be sworn in at the Supreme Court today.

Irish Independent

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