Where is the zeal now for reforming a deeply political judicial appointments process?
Zealous about reform, they swept into office with promises of a new way of doing business. And indeed a number of the Coalition's targets were met, one of which was cuts to judicial pay and pensions.
But the Fine Gael-Labour administration indicated its intention to go further. Root-and-branch changes to the opaque system by which judges are appointed were indicated, and there was general support for such a reform. Questions are asked repeatedly about the process by which lawyers are elevated to the bench.
To date, the answers remain unsatisfactory.