Monday 19 November 2018

Barrister Seamus Woulfe to replace Maire Whelan as Attorney General

Attorney General Maire Whelan Picture: Arthur Carron
Attorney General Maire Whelan Picture: Arthur Carron
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

BARRISTER Seamus Woulfe is set to become the Government’s new Attorney General, has learned.

Outgoing Attorney General Maire Whelan is currently at the centre of controversy after she was appointed to the Court of Appeal on Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s last day in office.

Ms Whelan was at the centre of controversy on a number of occasions during her time in Mr Kenny’s Cabinet.

It has now emerged she will be replaced by Mr Woulfe who represented Fine Gael in the case taken against the party by former Junior Minister John Perry after they refused to add him to the ticket in last General Election.

A source close to Mr Varadkar in the last hour described the appointment of Mr Woulfe as Attorney General as “not (an) unreasonable possibility”.

There was some speculation that Fine Gael trustee Frank Callanan would be appointed to the role but this does not seem to be the case.

Mr Woulfe has been a Fine Gael member in Dublin Bay North and served as the branch's secretary. He is also known to be a loyal supporter of Education Minister Richard Bruton.

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