Judges aren't rotten, the appointment system is
there was a shock hook against the head in the Supreme Court 10 days ago. Normally, official Ireland might have expected the beaks on the bench to close ranks. On July 31 they confounded convention.
The five-member court made a 4-1 finding against a member of the inner circle. They rapped one of their own mates on the knuckles.
Admittedly, Judge John Cooke has retired. But the Supreme Court's findings will not have made pleasant reading for his lordship.