Thursday 15 November 2018

Claws out as legal eagles aghast at mere mortals choosing gods

Vitriol is no argument - the country needs to radically reform the utterly discredited system for appointing judges, writes Shane Ross

LAST STAND: Senator Michael McDowell, the voice of the Law Library at Leinster House
LAST STAND: Senator Michael McDowell, the voice of the Law Library at Leinster House

Shafted by Shatter (Alan). Mugged by Mullen (Ronan). Jilted by Jim (O'Callaghan). Battered by Bacik (Ivana) and murdered by Michael (McDowell). All in the space of a political week. Happily I was wearing a flak jacket. What is going on?

The Law Library has sent its tanks on to the lawns of Leinster House. Unfortunately, the argument for judicial reform has been muddied by reactionary rhetoric imported from the Four Courts. Barristers and solicitors are making a last stand against reform of how we appoint our judges.

The personal attacks have been thoroughly entertaining. McDowell, the master of colourful inaccuracy, last week described my crusade for reform as motivated by "personal animus".

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