Retired Chief Justice Susan Denham (left) and Séamus Woulfe, who, as Attorney General, signed off on regulations that prohibited gatherings like the golf outing he would attend a few weeks later as a Supreme Court judge
Further to Golfgate….
Via The Irish Times:
Retired chief justice Susan Denham has met Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe concerning his attendance at the Oireachtas golf dinner, The Irish Times has learned.
Mr Justice Woulfe, a former Attorney General, was accompanied by Michael Collins SC when he met with Ms Denham in a boardroom on Tuesday at the Courts Service Green Street building.
…Senior Counsel Shane Murphy was also in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting which is understood to have lasted a number of hours
Denham: “What were you thinking?”
[Four hours later]
[all present rush for door]
BREAKING: Ret Judge Sean MacBride says he thinks the position of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe is untenable after his attendance at #golfgate and that “the damage is done to the reputation of the judiciary” if he stays on pic.twitter.com/wNnY8SrJCZ
— Joe Finnegan Show (@JoeFinneganShow) September 9, 2020
Speaking on this morning’s Joe Finnegan show, in a wide ranging interview, Retired Judge [former Fianna Fáil member now with Sinn Féin] Sean MacBride says he would have said no if invited himself.
‘”I would have sent them a text saying no thanks, I am a permanent member of the third arm of government and I cannot be playing golf in an Oireachtas golf competition as you can appreciate, good luck and bye bye” and that’s simply how it would have been dealt with.’
“Seamus Woulfe is a very fine person and I have total respect and esteem for him” but he says he made a “tragic error of judgement” in attending the event in Clifden.
“I still don’t understand as to why he went there” and that he couldn’t see that people would think here was “a clear breach of the separation of powers”.