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Becky Kealy: Fine Gael’s Jobs for the Old Boys’ Club Programme Extend to the Supreme Court

Aontú Rep for Cork North West Becky Kealy has criticised the Fine Gael’s Jobs for the Boys Programme which now extends all the way to the Supreme Court and politicises the Courts system (the system which consistently the public shows the highest faith in).

Becky Kealy: “Fine Gael are muddying the reputation of the Courts system with their jobs for the Old Boys’ Club carry on which is now going the whole way to the Supreme Court. Today’s process only served to confirm the bunked process leading to the former AG ending up on the Supreme Court. The Justice Minister said she didn’t think the political persuasion of a judge or lawyer should preclude them from climbing the ladder, and said that Leo Varadkar had commended Séamus Woulfe as a judge to her prior to her nomination of Woulfe. The whole process stinks to high heavens, and only serves to further expose the corruption intrinsic into this government.”

“Is the current Minister for Justice Helen McEntee holding over the current Supreme Court vacancy for another political appointee when the new Taoiseach takes office? Was this part of the deal to form a government that Fine Gael got to nominate Séamus Wolfe to the Supreme Court and Fianna Fáil would also get a nominee? 16 of the 31 Attorney Generals have gone on to high-powered judgeships following their time as AG, the lowest appointment being President of the Court of Appeal all the way up to appointment to the Supreme Court. Several of the other AG's were offered judgeships but turned down for personal reasons. Was Séamus Woulfe appointed in accordance with the unspoken convention that AGs get judicial appointments after their time in government.”

By Aontú Press | 26 November, 2020

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