Sinn Féin fears for confidence in the judiciary
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Sinn Féin has asked Taoiseach Micheál Martin to write to the Chief Justice to express TDs’ concern at how the Séamus Woulfe controversy is “damaging public confidence in the judicial system”.
Its justice spokesman, Martin Kenny, has written to the Taoiseach amid uncertainty over Mr Justice Woulfe’s future in the wake of his attendance at the infamous Golfgate dinner in August.
Mr Kenny attempted to raise the issue in the Dáil last week but was prevented by the Ceann Comhairle.
In an email to Mr Martin on Friday, Mr Kenny said he respects the convention that Oireachtas members do not comment on the judiciary.
But he wrote: “It is of considerable public alarm that the effort to have some internal process or even conduct analysis of the judiciary seems to have faltered.
“Therefore, I am respectfully suggesting that either your own good offices, or that of the Minister for Justice, would write to the Chief Justice expressing the concern of Oireachtas members of how this issue is damaging public confidence in the judicial system.about:blankhttps://acdn.adnxs.com/dmp/async_usersync.html
“If you do not consider that to be appropriate, perhaps some other intervention can be considered, but I do believe that this debacle is damaging and needs to be addressed.”
Mr Martin’s spokesperson said: “It would be wholly inappropriate to be interfering with the judiciary as Deputy Kenny himself would know.”
Mr Woulfe is to meet Chief Justice Frank Clarke on Tuesday to discuss Ms Justice Susan Denham’s report into Mr Woulfe’s attendance at a golf dinner in Clifden, Co Galway, despite Covid restrictions.