Monday 19 February 2018

Dearbhail McDonald: New gunas for judges -- now for real reform

IT is a pity that our Supreme Court judges came over all camera-shy when they donned their new Louise Kennedy-designed robes -- we were left with headless models to show off the new gunas instead.

The new European style robes are more than a costume change -- they mark a major (long overdue) symbolic break with the English tradition.

Minds boggle when they learn that Irish barristers and judges are still technically mourning the death of Charles II in 1685 with the black robes they wear in court.

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