Sunday 25 February 2018

Giggles over SF lawyer being Labour member

Plenty of familiar political faces down in Court No Six in the Four Courts yesterday, even apart from Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald.

In his judicial review, Pearse Doherty was represented by Labour Party Cllr Richard Humphreys, Labour's former legal adviser when the party was in opposition.

Of course, barristers represent clients of all sorts on a regular basis, but there was still some amusement in political circles at Sinn Fein's lawyer for the day being a prominent Labour member.

He was assisted in the hearing by Sinn Fein general-election candidate Ruadhan Mac Aodhain, a barrister who also played a role in Mr Doherty's previous High Court challenge on the holding of the Donegal South-West by-election.

The judge in the case (who Adams praised for his courtesy and deliberations) was Gerald Hogan, the renowned constitutional lawyer and former member of the Progressive Democrats.

Irish Independent

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