Former Chief Justice Susan Denham's report on Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe's attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner at Clifden notes "the failure of Mr Justice Woulfe to reflect upon whether his attendance as a judge of the Supreme Court might cause controversy and bring the Supreme Court into disrepute".
However, she qualifies this by saying it should be seen in the light of the following:
(i) he was a newly appointed judge;
(ii) he had not yet sat on the bench as a member of the Supreme Court;
(iii) he had not had the benefit of any introductory programme as a judge;
(iv) there were no judicial guidelines or judicial code of conduct that could have assisted him to deal with the situation.
These mitigating factors might carry weight for a junior practitioner just out of law school, but they are hardly sufficient for a member of the Supreme Court with a long and distinguished legal career behind him.
In my view, the public is entitled to expect the highest possible standards, and indeed the perception of the highest possible standards, from a member of our country's highest court.
Ms Denham expresses the opinion that it would be open to the Chief Justice to deal with this matter by way of informal resolution.
It may not be entirely fair, but in my view Mr Justice Woulfe, in the interest of upholding the perception of the highest possible standards for our Supreme Court, should tender his resignation when he meets Chief Justice Clarke.
Hollywood, Co Wicklow
'Golfgate' inquiry outcome predictable and worthless
I am amazed, to say the least, that Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe is still a member of the Supreme Court following his unwise attendance at the 'Golfgate' dinner in Clifden. What makes this man so special, given that three senior politicians have resigned over the incident? Surely he should do the honourable thing and resign. The investigation by former Chief Justice Susan Denham has achieved nothing.
Swords, Co Dublin
Judge's judgment over alleged misjudgment
So a judge has judged that a judge did not make a misjudgment, and in her judgment the judge should remain as a judge. Seems fair to me.
'Not unreasonable' to give these two their jobs back
Can Phil Hogan and Dara Calleary have their jobs back since it was "not unreasonable" for them to believe the golf dinner "was Covid-19 compliant" and they have committed "no breach of law"?
Dr John Doherty
Gaoth Dobhair, Co Dhún na nGall
Denham report fails to address relevant question
To most lay-people, Susan Denham's report on Séamus Woulfe's attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society outing is less than satisfactory. It seems to focus on deciding whether calling for his resignation is appropriate rather than addressing widespread fears that his judgment skills may not reach the standard needed to perform an especially important function.
Rathedmond, Co Sligo
High time Government stepped up and delivered
It seems that this Government keeps lunging from one disaster to another, the latest being the Leaving Cert fiasco. The sad thing about these scandals, including 'Golfgate', is that they all were avoidable if there had been somebody with a bit of common sense in charge. I am sick of listening to ministers going on about "the times we are in". If anything, it's time for them to step up and deliver for us.
Loughrea, Co Galway
Remember, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys
In Anne-Marie Walsh's article 'Fianna Fáil TDs split over taking €2,000 pay rise' (Irish Independent, October 1), Richard Boyd Barrett is quoted as asking "on what planet is it OK for politicians earning extraordinarily high salaries" to get an increase when thousands of workers' incomes have been decimated or eliminated.
I have no doubt that this populism will go down well with many people. But remember the cliché "if you pay peanuts you will get monkeys". As a political activist, I know how hard TDs work.
It's rather surprising to see a split in a certain political party about this issue. Willie O'Dea, who has opted not to take the pay rise, has been a deputy for quite some time. Maybe he doesn't need the extra money, but he should think of all the new young ambitious deputies who may not be re-elected with the same ease as him.
We need to encourage more bright people to get into politics, and to stop fostering populist rhetoric.
Claremorris, Co Mayo
We have to elect more women to reach equality
Mary Van Lieshout of Goal tells us (Letters, Irish Independent, October 1) that "25 years ago this month, 50,000 delegates landed in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women".
As she says, "gender equality is lagging while hard-fought gains are under threat". Take the fact that, in what is supposed to be a representative democracy, the Dáil is still nearly 80pc male. That is despite the introduction of a minimum quota for women candidates in the last two general elections.
Whatever international conferences did and said 25 years ago, if women are going to get legislation adopted to remedy gender inequalities in this country or indeed in any other, they need to elect more women.
Sutton, Dublin 13
Debate's nasty tone was down to bully Biden
It defies belief that people are surprised - or feigning surprise, I suspect - by the nasty tone of the first US presidential debate. Anyone who has seen Joe Biden in debating action before would have known that the tone would be dragged down to the lowest level possible. The fact is that he is a poor debater, and his only tactic is to try to shout down and verbally bully his opponents.
Navan, Co Meath
Trump's illness could have positive outcome
News of the US president's Covid-19 diagnosis is the first time that I have seen "Donald Trump" and "positive" in the same sentence. Hopefully after he and Melania do their time in isolation, they will come out healthy, with a greater understanding of this pandemic and the value of masks and social distancing.
Sinn Féin/IRA missing a trick over mask wearing
I'm surprised that the more woke elements of Sinn Féin/IRA haven't denounced the wearing of masks by the rest of us as cultural appropriation of their traditions.
Swords, Co Dublin
We don't need 3 doctors to deliver the Covid stats
At a time when vital appointments and procedures are being postponed, do we need three highly qualified doctors to deliver daily statistics on Covid-19? This is information that could be presented by press officers.
Bank shambles reminder 'a true public service'
What a treasure Charlie Weston is. His latest article on the EBS is a true public service ('It's shameful we are still paying for the sins our banks committed in the boom', Irish Independent, October 2), and a reminder of the shabby behaviour, still prevalent in an ungrateful banking sector. More power to his typewriter.
Darndale, Dublin 17