Saturday 20 October 2018

Carol Hunt: Integrity a cornerstone of Colm Mac Eochaidh's colourful career

Colm Mac Eochaidh has already done the State a great service, and he has always had the courage to speak out

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

There has been quite a bit of judgemental (if you'll excuse the pun) sniffling in certain quarters over comments made by High Court Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh last week.

During a seven-hour emergency hearing at the High Court (at the end of which lawyers for Dennis O'Brien and Paddy McKillen won a temporary injunction against the Sunday Times publishing confidential information), Justice Mac Eochaidh noted that Mr O'Brien was in a "peculiar position" to now be seeking the protection of the courts when he had made such "contemptible" comments about Justice Moriarty following the tribunal report in 2011.

When Justice Mac Eochaidh asked O'Brien's barrister if he had consulted with his client on the ambivalence of his position, and when told the matter had not arisen in consultations, Mac Eochaidh is reported to have said, "it should have".

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