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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Helen McEntee this afternoon
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has told the Dáil that she did take on board that Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had commented that Séamus Woulfe would “make a good judge”.
Paul Murphy of Solidarity-PBP asked if Taoiseach Micheál Martin was made aware that other names existed regarding an appointment to the Supreme Court.
Minister McEntee said that she had already made clear that she only recommended one name to Mr Martin.
She said she did take on board her party leader’s comment that Mr Justice Woulfe would make “a good judge”.
But it was her understanding that Mr Varadkar was not aware that there were other names put forward for the position.
Dáil at the Convention Centre.
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee is addressing the appointment of Séamus Woulfe as a Supreme Court justice.
She said that a draft memo was submitted to her office by the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) in July with expressions of interests from serving judges.
The minister said the practice in relation to appointments is that only one judge’s name is brought to Cabinet by the Minister for Justice and she said that this practice is important in relation to judicial appointments.
She said an open debate would amount to a “complete politicisation” of the judicial appointments process.
She said it was the duty of the Minister for Justice to propose to Cabinet the best person for the particular judicial vacancy, and the Government then decides and she said that this is what happened in this case.
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From top: Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin TD
SF’s Martin Kenny is first to respond. “What any reasonable person would have expected you to do today is to come before the Dáil and explain how those four names were whittled down to one, but you haven’t done that… you didn’t tell the Taoiseach there were other applicants.”
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) November 26, 2020
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‘Woulfe At The Door, 24’ – Justice Bingo with Eileen Dunne, Dáil members Helen McEntee, Catherine Murphy, Seamus Woulfe, Mary Lou, Leo Varadkar and the ever-present Paul Brennan #woulfe #golfgate #rte #rtegate #NPHET #Covid #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/Qw5sd2bvOI
— Brennan’s Armageddon (@BrennansArmage1) November 26, 2020
Stop it, Brennan!
Behold: the Ducati X Lamborghini Diavel 1260 – a limited edition collaboration between two of Italy’s leading marques, to wit, an angular carbon fibre remake of the Diavel cruiser inspired by Lamborghini’s all-electric Sian FKP 37.
Only 630 will be made (a nod to 1963 – Lambo’s founding year) and, though the colour scheme is shared, the 157bhp 1260cc Diavel engine remains resolutely fossil-fuelled.
Yours next year for around €38,000.
From Grace’s Favours.
Felt Among Us ‘crewmates’.
Simmi Duffin writes:
Do you have an Among Us [online multiplayer, space-themed deduction game] fanatic in your life? This is the perfect stocking filler for them – collect them in every different colour and have your own game, who will be the imposter among the crewmates? Each character is €6.50 plus postage from Grace’s Favours (at link below)
Irish-made stocking fillers to Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie with pics and short bio marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers’. No fee.
In Motion – In Daylight
Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Lovely Hurling bigs up 1990s Dublin shoegazing supremos In Motion, who were led by ace tunesmith Alan Kelly (vocals and guitar), Alan O’Boyle (guitar), Liam Ryan (drums) and John Duff (bass).
Their magnum opus was The Language Of Everyday Life, released on the Dead Elvis label in 1994. Kelly then went on to make two more pure gold masterpieces as The Last Post. Belfast label Bright Star Recordings released Love Lost and Dry Land. The ultimate underrated Irish songwriter?
Lovely Hurling writes:
“This is the epitome of floppy fringed, jangly, shoegazing that was me in the early ’90s. Now the fringe is long gone, there are only rattles instead of jangles and I can’t see my shoes anymore. Their album The Language of Everyday Life is a forgotten gem.”
Nick says: I second that In Motion.
Behold: NGC 224, aka Messier 31, aka the Andromeda galaxy. And you can. With the unaided eye. Even though it’s 2.5 million light years away. To wit:
Most other apparent denizens of the night sky — stars, clusters, and nebulae — typically range from a few hundred to a few thousand light-years away and lie well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. Given its distance, light from Andromeda is likely also the oldest light that you can see. Also known as M31, the Andromeda Galaxy dominates the center of the featured zoomed image, taken from the dunes of Bahía Creek, Patagonia, in southern Argentina. The image is a combination of 45 background images with one foreground image — all taken with the same camera and from the same location within 90 minutes. M110, a satellite galaxy of Andromenda is visible just below and to the left of M31’s core. As cool as it may be to see this neighboring galaxy to our Milky Way with your own eyes, long duration camera exposures can pick up many faint and breathtaking details. Recent data indicates that our Milky Way Galaxy will collide and combine with the similarly-sized Andromeda galaxy in a few billion years.
(Image: Gerardo Ferrarino)
‘I decided to shuffle the sizing down, hence why a week before launch I came on and I said the sizing is now 6-8, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16 and get the 16-18 and 18-20 made properly and true to their actual size and to drop them as soon as I could get them in.
‘I obviously didn’t communicate that message well enough, I didn’t express the back and forth I’d been having with why the 16-18 and 18-20 couldn’t have been made as well as the smaller sizes.’
Influencer Roz Purcell after some questioned why her ‘Hike Life’ clothing range’s largest size, XL, measured in at a size 14-16.
Shiv – Letting You Know
We’ll always have Paris.
Zimbabwe-born, Kildare-raised singer Shiv (top) excites with this lush neo-soul ballad from her debut EP Me 2 Me, out on December 4.
The video was shot in the French capital by Santiago Sanchez and directed by Shiv.
“It’s about the moment I finally realised that holding onto whatever was inside me wasn’t helping, that in releasing my deepest self and being comfortable with what that meant, I could finally let go of the fear that had embedded itself in my relationship with myself and my creative process.”
Nick says: A torch singer in The City of Light.
Young people from #Foróige across #Fingal have collaborated to produce this #poetry piece about #Covid-19 & the impact it is having on young people in particular. #keepwell @HSELive @GardaTraffic @LGMAIreland @LAsIreland @Foroige @EVENTSinFingal @LoveFingalDub @OurBalbriggan pic.twitter.com/muUmZDnCO5
— FingalCountyCouncil (@Fingalcoco) November 25, 2020
Don’t know they’re born.
In our day, we were lucky to be masked and locked up if it meant being spared a beating.