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Máire Whelan appointment casts a shadow over new government and the judicial appointments process - Jonathan O’Brien TD

16 June, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Fein Justice spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said the method of the appointment of the former Attorney General to the Court of Appeal has brought the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary into disrepute and called on Ms Whelan to step aside to allow a proper appointments procedure to take place.

Teachta O’Brien said his party colleagues Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald will raise this issue directly with the Taoiseach when they meet him this afternoon.

Speaking today Teachta O’Brien said;

“There are serious questions to be answered in relation to the method of Máire Whelan’s appointment to the Court of Appeal.

“Why were normal procedures for judicial appointments not adhered to in this case?

“This whole situation stinks.  It undoubtedly casts a shadow over the government and the judicial appointments process.

“There should be no circumstances under which the proper appointments process can be bypassed.  It is my party’s view that Ms Whelan should stand aside, without prejudice, to allow for the proper process to take place in this instance.

“My party colleagues Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald will raise this issue directly with the Taoiseach when they meet him at Government Buildings this afternoon and I will be raising it on the floor of the Dáil on its return next week.”

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