Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad, Paul Coghlan, has welcomed the ongoing review of how judges are appointed. Senator Coghlan was speaking this week in Seanad Eireann.
"I welcome the ongoing review of how judges are appointed which will consider the best way to protect the principle of judicial independence, as stated by Minister Shatter in the Dáil. The review is due to include consideration of issues such as the appointment process, eligibility criteria,
the role of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board and the need to promote equality and diversity.
"Minister Shatter is committed to carrying out reform across his Department, reflecting this Government's overall reform agenda. We recognise that it is important to modernise the judicial system in a careful and responsible way so as to reform the criminal justice system and preserve judicial independence."
“I note the Judicial Appointments Review Committee's submission to the Department of Justice and Equality as part of its consultation regarding the judicial appointments process. The Committee proposes that the merit principle be enshrined in legislation and it has called for a judicial education system. I agree with this approach and I have called for this to be debated in Seanad Eireann.”