Friday 24 November 2017

Kenny silent on judge job for former FG councillor

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is refusing to outline his relationship with a former Fine Gael councillor who has been nominated to be a Circuit Court judge.

A final tranche of appointments were given the green light by Cabinet this week ahead of a radical overhaul of the selection process. On foot of demands from Minister Shane Ross, legislation for a new judicial appointments system will be passed through the Oireachtas in the coming months.

The Cabinet approved the nomination of barrister Eoin Garavan to the post of Circuit Court judge. The ex-politician represented Fine Gael in Mr Kenny's native Castlebar.

The Irish Independent sent Mr Kenny's office a series of questions seeking details on his relationship with Mr Garavan but he has refused to answer.

Mr Garavan, who was unavailable for comment, ran on the same ticket as Senator Paddy Burke when they were elected to Castlebar Town Council in 1999. Sources say he has been active in the local Fine Gael organisation and is "well known" to Mr Kenny.

Irish Independent

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