Retired Chief Justice Susan Denham: Supreme Court Justice Séamus Woulfe
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….
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.”
Previously: Woulfe Trapped