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Sinn Féin welcomes retirement of judge following his less than independent views – O’Brien

21 June, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien wholeheartedly welcomes the retirement of Judge Michael Pattwell following his ridiculous comments recently on Newstalk.

Speaking from Leinster House today Deputy O’Brien said:

“It is absolutely nonsensical to believe that any government would cut the pay of a judge if it didn’t like the judge’s ruling as Judge Pattwell stated in his interview.

“Now on the other hand there is a real question surrounding the need for an accountable judiciary and we hope the promised Judicial Council Bill will deal with this by allowing for investigations of allegations of judicial misconduct.

“We need a judiciary that is embedded in the real world and not resident in ivory towers or making decisions based on their own prejudices. These comments also show the dangers of juryless courts, apt enough as we face motions in the Dáil today to renew this state’s draconian legislation as regards the Offences against the Sate Act and the Criminal Justice Amendment Act.

“We are pleased that the retiring judge is apprehensive of the rise of a political party from outside the establishment and obviously he can, as we do, see a changed political landscape in the future.

“I would like to wholeheartedly welcome the retirement of Judge Michael Pattwell and hopefully we don’t have to hear this type of out-dated view from him again.

“I wish him very well in his retirement.”


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