No natural justice
• We learn that the Government has been forced to replace the three Galway consultants on the HSE inquiry team and that the chair of the inquiry has previously expressed 'pro-choice' views.
Basic principles of natural justice – such as 'nemo iudex in causa sua' (never be a judge in your own case), 'audi alteram partem' (hear both sides) and the avoidance of even a hint of objective bias all appear to have been disregarded.
In the Dublin Wellwoman case, a judge was excused due to a previous involvement with a pro-choice committee. Such expectation of recuse is standard across the courts.
These principles are all fundamental tenets of constitutional justice. Anyone with a knowledge of dispute resolution, ranging from trades unions to GAA clubs, would be familiar with these basic concepts.
It beggars belief that the Government could get such simple set-up tasks so fundamentally wrong.
Sallins, Co Kildare