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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Judge gets a promotion to Supreme Court

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

JUDGE Joseph Finnegan was promoted to the Supreme Court last night from his present position as President of the High Court.

But a week after the retirement of disgraced judge Brian Curtin, there's still no sign of the promised watchdog for judges being set up.

At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, the Government made a series of judicial appointments which were largely welcomed within legal circles.

Judge Richard Johnson replaces Justice Finnegan as President of the High Court while barrister Peter Charleton and Judge Maureen Harding Clark were appointed to the High Court.

Solicitor Patrick McMahon and barristers Dympna Cusack and Desmond Zaidan and solicitor Patrick McMahon will become District Court judges.

Justice Finnegan, who briefly represented former Fianna Fail Minister Ray Burke at the Planning Tribunal, is highly regarded and his administration skills were evident in recent years in managing the massive workload in the High Court.

He replaces Brian McCracken, who retired in the summer, in the Supreme Court.

After this month's retirement of Catherine McGuinness, there is still one remaining vacancy on the bench in the State's highest court.

Meanwhile, the Government is still drawing up proposals for the Judicial Council.

The council would be responsible for the supervision and disciplining of judges.

The views of the judiciary on the body are still being awaited so there is no timescale on its establishment.

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