Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe

  • The Chief Justice is expected to meet Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe later to discuss the fallout from the 'golfgate' controversy.

    There were 81 people at the now infamous Oireachtas golf society dinner in Clifden last August, which breached Covid-19 restrictions.

    Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary and EU Commissioner Phil Hogan resigned over their attendances while Senator Jerry Buttimer also stepped down as Leas-Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.

    Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe's attendance was the subject of a review by former Chief Justice Susan Denham, but that found he should not be forced to step down over the scandal.

    Today's meeting between Mr Justice Woulfe and the Chief Justice is the fourth attempt to discuss the findings.

    It was deferred twice last week and once earlier this week at the request of Justice Woulfe, once for medical reasons.

    After the latest postponement, the Chief Justice indicated his serious concern about the damage the process was causing.

    He said that should today's meeting not go ahead, he would be making alternative arrangements to convey his final views on the process to Justice Woulfe.

     

     

  • The Chief Justice is expected to meet Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe later to discuss the fallout from the 'golfgate' controversy.

    There were 81 people at the now infamous Oireachtas golf society dinner in Clifden last August, which breached Covid-19 restrictions.

    Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary and EU Commissioner Phil Hogan resigned over their attendances while Senator Jerry Buttimer also stepped down as Leas-Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.

    Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe's attendance was the subject of a review by former Chief Justice Susan Denham, but that found he should not be forced to step down over the scandal.

    Today's meeting between Mr Justice Woulfe and the Chief Justice is the fourth attempt to discuss the findings.

    It was deferred twice last week and once earlier this week at the request of Justice Woulfe, once for medical reasons.

    After the latest postponement, the Chief Justice indicated his serious concern about the damage the process was causing.

    He said that should today's meeting not go ahead, he would be making alternative arrangements to convey his final views on the process to Justice Woulfe.

     

     

  • Party leaders are expected to meet to discuss the fallout from the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe.

    It follows a warning from the Attorney General that Mr Justice Woulfe's clash with Chief Justice Frank Clarke raises 'serious constitutional issues'.

    The Chief Justice advised Seamus Woulfe to resign, but he refused to do so.

    Under current rules a judge can only be removed from office if he is impeached by the Oireachtas for 'stated misbehaviour', however there is no clear meaning for what this entails.