Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) and Supreme Court Justice Séamus Woulfe
The Supreme Court has released a statement concerning court member Justice Séamus Woulfe and his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner last week.
Justice Woulfe signed off on the Covid regulations as Attorney General prior to joining the Supreme Court in July.
The statement read:
“The Supreme Court has requested former Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham, to consider certain questions arising out of the attendance of Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe at an event in the west of Ireland last week and to report her conclusions and recommendations to the Chief Justice.
“Ms Justice Denham has agreed to that request and will commence her work immediately.
“Ms Justice Denham has been asked to consider whether Mr Justice Woulfe should have accepted the invitation to dinner. In addition, whether he should, in all the circumstances, have left the hotel in the light of the situation prevailing.
“Furthermore, whether he should have attended the golf event without attending the dinner. In the context of those questions Ms Justice Denham has also been asked to consider whether there are any relevant codes of practice or guidelines and to make any recommendations in that regard which she considers appropriate.
“This non-statutory approach has been necessitated because of the fact that relevant sections of the Judicial Council Act 2019 have not yet been commenced.”
Via Orla O’Donnell
Previously: Woulfe Trapped