Wednesday 17 October 2018

Prayer for reformed judicial appointment process has fallen on deaf political ears

District Court Judge, Mary Collins, President of the High Court Justice Nicholas Kearns and Attorney General, Máire Whelan attending the Red Mass at St Michan's Catholic Church
District Court Judge, Mary Collins, President of the High Court Justice Nicholas Kearns and Attorney General, Máire Whelan attending the Red Mass at St Michan's Catholic Church
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE Red Mass is a tradition, first observed in Paris in 1245, to mark the beginning of the new legal year.

In Ireland, the service is held in the two parish churches of the Four Courts: one is Catholic, one is Protestant and both are called St Michan's.

I love the tradition, not least for that back-to-school feel as well as the sheer pageantry of it all with the incense, judges in their morning suits and top hats and refreshments at King's Inns. I also love its solemnity, as the Holy Ghost is asked to bestow wisdom, morality and judgment upon the shoulders of the legal profession.

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