FF accused of deal with 'far left' to block quick judicial reform
Fianna Fáil has been accused of doing a deal with the "far left" in order to delay Independent Alliance Minister Shane Ross's controversial bill on judicial appointments.
It's emerged that the bill, which has been criticised by senior judges, will now not be passed until the autumn at the earliest.
This is because of a decision taken by the Oireachtas Justice Committee, after objections were raised by Fianna Fáil's justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan to the bill being dealt with before the summer recess.
Mr O'Callaghan's proposal to delay a debate on Mr Ross's bill was backed by left-wing TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly.
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are supportive of the bill pending some changes.
At a meeting of the committee this week, Mr O'Callaghan said other pieces of legislation, including one of his own bills on the area of judicial appointments, were not prioritised.
He said the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill should be given "careful consideration" and therefore should not be debated by the committee next week as planned.
Government figures last night accused Mr O'Callaghan of throwing a "sulk" and siding with the "far left" to ensure the bill is delayed.
"The date was set, there is no reason why it couldn't have been dealt with next week. But Jim decided to sulk," said one Government source.