Saturday 25 January 2020

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.

James Lawless
Sallins, Co Kildare

Irish Independent

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