Category Archives: Judiciary

Why Judicial Appointments Reform is Necessary

On Wednesday night an end was put to the longest filibuster in the history of the State when the guillotine was imposed on the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. The Bill has now passed all stages of the Seanad and will … Continue reading

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Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman 1951-2016

Dr Conor O’Mahony and Dr Seán Ó Conaill Everyone at Constitution Project @ UCC was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland. Mr Justice Hardiman was a highly accomplished … Continue reading

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The Officer, the Master, the President and the Chief: Supreme Court Unhappy at Signing of Marriage Equality Bill

Dr Conor O’Mahony The recent unsuccessful legal challenge to the outcome of the marriage referendum threw up some interesting points of discussion, and not all of them related to the outlandish nature of the arguments made by the petitioners. From … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Relaxes Exclusionary Rule – Latest Shift in a Finely Balanced Debate

Dr Conor O’Mahony Today, the Supreme Court ruled by a majority of 4-3 that evidence obtained in criminal cases in breach of constitutional principles need not automatically be excluded at trial. On one level, this is a radical shift from … Continue reading

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The Demise of the One Judgment Rule

Dr Laura Cahillane Last Tuesday witnessed a historic occasion, when the new Court of Appeal was established. Media coverage has centred on the new judges appointed to that Court and on the reduction in the backlog of cases to the … Continue reading

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