With The Stroke Of A Pen


Former Attorney General Máire Whelan becomes a Court of Appeal judge defying Fianna Fail’s request to consider her position.

There you go now.

Good times.

Via Páiric Gallagher

43 thoughts on “With The Stroke Of A Pen

      1. Steve

        Explain it to me then.

        There are 9 court of appeal judges at the moment, 7 of whom are men. This appointment is good for gender equality. Maybe the 3 highlighted by FF were men and government decided that all things being equal another woman on the bench is a good idea.

        1. Frilly Keane

          She didn’t apply for the job

          but 3 currently sitting HC Judges did

          then there’s the sitting in the room while gig was being discussed

        2. LW

          Even the most devout contrarian can hardly defend this. It’s a job she didn’t apply for, the appointment process was circumvented. Increased gender equality is a small fig leaf for this stroke

          1. Steve

            Nah this is just a case of hating anything that establishment parties do.

            Wonder who the 3 who expressed interest are. Sure broadsheet loves posting about judges of the day etc and how woeful the judiciary are. Hopefully none of them expressed interest!!

          2. Frilly Keane

            well I know exactly who one of them are
            and he’s not letting it lie

            and I wouldn’t blame him

          3. Frilly Keane

            btw Steve

            The other three applied for the vacant post
            thats a fact

            Maire Whelan didn’t bother her arse
            and she didn’t recuse herself from the room when the gig was being discussed

            Thats a Sham

            I have no confidence in any Judicial, State Board, Public appointments system now
            and I’m entitled to have confidence in all State employees

    1. Topsy

      Because in fact – there is no training involved or required be a judge in Ireland. Just bring a political stooge is the requirement.

    1. Frilly Keane

      Little is fair
      because he didn’t have the Blueshurt in numbers behind his election for Leader he had to give them sum’ting and that was give the AG gig to one of the party boys

      Marie Whelan was going to be staying on as AG if Coveney got the gig
      but as it happens, she still got Enda and Frances to sort her out before Leo was canonised

        1. I'm "alright" Jack. Mad Jack is on annual leave.

          + 1

          Blinding insights as usual from BS in house tit job analyst and amateur columnist/psephologist

        2. Frilly Keane

          Sur I know she’s labour
          why am I a dope

          She knew she was staying on as AG if Coveney got through
          when he didn’t
          she sorted out another gig

          no wonder her Labour party colleague was very quick to sign her in

          1. Steve

            lol no you didn’t ,why did you go on about blueshirts jobs for the boys.

            Just admit – you got it wrong

          2. LW

            Because he has given the job of attorney general to someone else. At the very least, read what she wrote. Lol.

          3. Frilly Keane

            I was referring to the new AG
            Leo had to give it to one of the party boys ’cause
            ya know
            he only got 35% of the Party membership voting for him

            If Coveneys 65% was enough there’d be no need
            in fact Maire Whelan knew she was being retained as AG if Coveney got there

            And Lord XXXX
            I’m in the humour for you today,
            especially after me trip to your neck of the woods yesterday
            and in as many weeks too…………..

  1. bisted

    …was that the same pen he used to sign the water legislation…hope this works out as well for him…

      1. bisted

        …the water legislation was probably the most divisive scheme ever imposed…it was resisted and ultimately defeated…to sign this legislation is the role of the president…to sign it without comment and with undue haste shows how powerless and impotent this once outspoken politician who claims left-wing credentials has become…

          1. bisted

            …whatever about his role he certainly has no power…I wonder would Mary Robinson have been so acquiescent…

          2. Cian

            Yes, Mary Robinson would (most likely) have done the same thing.
            The only different thing that she could do it to challenge it on Constitution grounds. If there are none she would have signed it.

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          And had he refused to sign it it have had to be referred for a test of its Constitutionality. Had the bill survived the test it would be rendered immune from challenge for ever more.

          1. bisted

            …turns out to be irrelevant…water charges have been defeated…and Squees legacy will be as an irrelevance…the dog that didn’t bark…

  2. I'm "alright" Jack. Mad Jack is on annual leave.

    F off FF
    I’m really liking Leo already

    It’s great that he’s putting it up to the can’t pay won’t pay lot and calling them on their BS

    1. LW

      Don’t like him, or agree with the rest of your comment, but he’s absolutely lording it over FF, calling their bluff

      1. bisted

        …agree…the FFers seemed to be playing a blinder up to recently but seemed to have rolled over when their bluff was called by Coveney and then Varadkar…

      2. I'm "alright" Jack. Mad Jack is on annual leave.

        What I mean is that at least you know what he stands for even if I don’t necessarily agree with it- he’s not talking out of both sides of his mouth at once as FF wanksters do

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