Saturday 18 November 2017

Four judges approved in spite of Ross law crusade

In the meantime, Mr Ross is not standing in the way of appointments to the bench. Photo: Tom Burke
In the meantime, Mr Ross is not standing in the way of appointments to the bench. Photo: Tom Burke
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The Government has approved the nomination of four new judges despite Minister Shane Ross's crusade to have an independent body for judicial appointments set up.

A delay in finalising new laws has seen the Government move to fill vacancies that have arisen on the bench.

Senior counsel Charles Meenan and chief State solicitor Eileen Creedon were both nominated by the Cabinet to fill vacancies at the High Court.

Mr Meenan previously represented Fine Gael at the Moriarty Tribunal, while Ms Creedon was appointed chief State solicitor in 2012 and has experience in commercial litigation.

Meanwhile, senior counsel Patrick Quinn was nominated for appointment to the Circuit Court and solicitor Mary Dorgan to the District Court.

The full text of the Judicial Appointments Bill - sought by Independent Alliance minister Mr Ross - is to be considered by the Government at its meeting next week.

In the meantime, Mr Ross is not standing in the way of appointments to the bench. A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) provided the minister with the names for nomination.

Irish Independent

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