Meet Me In Chambers


Retired Chief Justice Susan Denham: Supreme Court Justice Séamus Woulfe

This morning.

Further to Golfgate.

Via historian Diarmuid Ferriter:

That a former Supreme Court judge, Susan Denham, is inquiring into a serving Supreme Court judge, Séamus Woulfe, in relation to his attendance at the Clifden event seems bizarre.

It is perhaps both an attempt to dilute politicisation of his grossly misjudged actions by preserving the independence of the court, and a substitute for the still-awaited judicial conduct committee…

…Ironically, as chief justice, Susan Denham made what was regarded as a pointed intervention in 2017 dwelling on the imperativeness of the separation of powers when welcoming the appointment of Woulfe as attorney general, maintaining he would be an important and impartial bridge between the judiciary and the legislature….

Diarmaid Ferriter: A former judge inquiring into a serving judge over Clifden event seems bizarre (Irish Times)

In 2017…

In her address welcoming Mr Woulfe, the Chief Justice said the separation of powers in the State meant each great organ of State had its own specific powers.

“It is a system of checks and balances, and inevitably the courts make decisions on the actions of other branches of government,” she said.

“Consequently, it is necessary that there be some distance between the branches.”

She said that, by nature of their position and function, “judges are not expected to engage in public controversy, as other groups may who freely express their views to members of the legislature and executive.”

Chief Justice highlights independence of Attorney General (Irish Times, June 21, 2017)

Previously: Woulfe Trapped


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16 thoughts on “Meet Me In Chambers

  1. Clampers Outside

    She’s nothing to lose, she’s retired. But I imagine she maintains her interest in such matters… so why not.

    – – –

    On the bolded part from the 2017 bit above, I may be being pedantic but… Woulfe didn’t “engage in public controversy”… with any regard to “express their views”.
    He simply, and stupidly, attended the event.

  2. Ian-O

    Woulfe should retain the services of her brother. He’d be grand then. Like Gibney was.

    Unbiased me hole.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    Lest we forget. Woulfe was a FG appointment as AG, and a FG appointment to the Supreme Court. They can’t have another FG-appointed head on a plate.

    Any word of Brian Hayes and his ‘school friend’ guests?

    1. Spud

      But with the kids now back at school and Hogan gone, haven’t you forgotten about the whole thing?
      Please move along now.
      We’ll see if we can open the pubs soon.

  4. Dav

    His appointment was a bit strange, avoiding the High Court and getting straight into the Supremes

    1. Cian

      Not the first
      Justice Adrian Hardiman – direct to Supreme (2000)
      Justice Donal O’Donnell – direct to Supreme (2010)

      1. The Old Boy

        Donal O’Donnell was one of the most brilliant practitioners at the bar at the time of his appointment. Adrian Hardiman was arguably the finest legal mind of his generation. Woulfe is not. His appointment was the death-rattle of the customary appointment of a retiring AG to the judicial vacancy of his choice. He was simply lucky that there happened to be a Supreme Court vacancy at the time.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          He just didn’t seem very SC judgey to me when I briefly met him (while he was AG). Terribly nice, mind. But just didn’t seem massively cerebral. The others all have a certain way about them.

    1. Cian

      If this case isn’t appealed, then Ireland/Apple have won, and these fees will be paid by the EU.

    2. Frilly Keane, Rebooted, Live and Dangerous

      Again C!an
      You have failed to recognise the real risk(s) this source (s) of income brings into Governance, and Independent Professional Opinion

      Simply put – Patronage over Probity

      A perverted Cheaters Cheat Us All for the Elites and their infantrymen, dealers and stooges.

      Mandatory Ethics, Risk & Compliance Management & Reporting, Conflict of Interest declarations, Fitness and Probity testing and vetting only applies to the likes of me.

      For now

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