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    Default Re: "All Judicial Appointments Are Political, Including Mine" - Judge

    Former FG Senator Eugene Regan has been appointed to the European Court of Justice.

    He was educated at University College Dublin, University of Brussels and King's Inns. Regan qualified as a barrister in 1985, commenced practice in 1995 and became a Senior Counsel in 2005. He specialises in European law cases, many with a competition, state aid, public procurement or agricultural dimension.During a career which began as an intern to Commissioner Patrick Hillery in 1973, Regan worked with Alan Dukes in the mid-1970s as an economist for the Irish Farmers' Association in Dublin and Brussels.
    Regan served in the cabinet of Peter Sutherland when the latter was EU Commissioner for Social Affairs and Competition. Following his return to Ireland from Brussels, he spent eight years as general manager of Agra Trading, a Dublin based company that trades agricultural produce internationally.
    An ardent pro-European, he is Chairman of the Lawyers Group and Project Leader of the Justice and Home Affairs Group in the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), and has contributed to many publications on European law matters, both legal and media. He was also a leading advocate and campaigner in the Amsterdam Treaty and Treaty of Nice referendum campaigns.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Regan

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    So, which Fine Gael adviser has been appointed Judge this week ?

    Earlier this year - the Supreme Court set aside judgements made by a 'conflicted' member of the judiciary, who held CRH shares.

    http://www.independent.ie/opinion/co...-31437372.html

    Labour and Fine Gael have their faces in the trough.

    THE Government could fill a fifth of all judges’ positions with party supporters before the next election – despite Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s vow to make judicial appointments less political.
    Including three appointments made this week, 30 new judges are due to be appointed in the next four years.
    In their eight months in office, all five people chosen by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition to be appointed or promoted to top judicial posts have been close political allies.
    The Government appointed its first two High Court judges – Michael White and Kevin Cross – early last month. And this week the Cabinet nominated three new District Court judges: Michael Coghlan, Patrick Durcan and Gráinne Malone.Michael Coghlan was an election agent for Labour MEP Nessa Childers in the 2009 European elections, while Gráinne Malone is a sister of Labour councillor Emer Costello, who is married to Labour TD Joe Costello, and a sister of Labour senator Mary Moran.
    http://www.newsscoops.org/?p=790

    It would be good to update the tally, if anyone has the inclination and the time.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    The Minister for Justice, Attorney General and Taoiseach picks new judges from a list provided by the JAAB.

    Judicial Appointments Advisory Board was established in 1995. The JAB is supposed to recommend around 7 people.
    In the early 2000s the Board increased the list, and recommends all of the "not unsuitable people" - up to 90 names in practice - and created much more scope for political appointments.

    This is based on research reported Jennifer Carol McNeal on RTE Radio at 1.46 today. She deisagrees with current proposals to change the system and says that the JAAB should do its job as it did before.

    Her summing up was that knowing people personally is a big influencer on who is being appointed - but there are no interviews, so prior personal knowledge by the politicians is important to getting a judicial appointment.

    The Constitution gives the Government of the day involvement in choosing judges, which makes the system to some extent democractic.

    "It is a political institution".
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

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    FG promoting one of their own off to Europe

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has nominated a former Fine Gael general election candidate for a €260,000-a-year taxpayer funded job in the European Union justice system, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

    http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/p...-35332995.html
    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

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    EU body says Irish judicial appointments system is corrupt (more or less)

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/poli...ence-1.3138160
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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