Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has written to Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl offering to move her ministerial questions to deal with the ongoing row over judicial appointments.

The questions will centre on her role in the appointment of Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe to the Supreme Court, following his attendance at an Oireachtas dinner in Clifden which breached Covid-19 restrictions.

However, the move has been criticised by Opposition parties, with Sinn Féin, Labour and the Social Democrats all saying the measure does not go far enough.

In her letter the Minister says Government still have "grave concerns" that a detailed questions and answers session by Opposition could generate "inappropriate comment around serving judges".

However, she adds that she is also "conscious of the responsibility of ministers to be accountable to the Dáil".

She has asked the Business Committee to reschedule her next session of oral ministerial questions, saying "deputies can table parliamentary questions and oral questions to me and Government colleagues".

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