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# Susan Denham

All time
Shane Ross: Golfgate is proof that judicial appointments are infected by political patronage
Shane Ross analyses Seamus Woulfe’s account of the recent Golfgate controversy and has a few things to say.
# Controversy
'Clearly in the public interest': NUJ defends Golfgate coverage following Seamus Woulfe remarks
Mr Justice Woulfe described reports of the scandal as “appalling” and “fake”.
# Seamus Woulfe
'Completely fake, overblown': Transcript shows judge compared media coverage of golf dinner to 'Ku Klux Klan'
The transcript from the conversation between former chief justice Susan Denham and Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe was released yesterday.
# golfgate
Golfgate: Woulfe resignation from Supreme Court would be 'unjust and disproportionate' - Denham report
The report was published at 4pm today.
# Courts
Sharp increase in personal injury suits with almost 22,000 filed last year
The biggest award given in the courts last year was €9 million.
# Courts
Chief Justice says courts may need to restrict social media use during trials
Susan Denham said there are issues to address in order to protect the right to a fair trial in this era of social media.
# Law and Order
Judges say new appointments bill is 'seriously flawed'
Senior judges have written to Leo Varadkar over the “serious implications” the legislative changes could have.
# colourful language
Shane Ross offers a weak apology for saying judges live a 'charmed life'
He went on to say “I know it’s very difficult to change things… They’re very powerful people who don’t like things being moved”.
# back in his box
Ireland's top judge 'surprised' by Shane Ross comments that judiciary will fight change
Judicial appointments has become a hot topic of late.
# Susan Denham
Ireland's top judge is worried about the country's reputation
It’s all down to the lack of a judicial council.
# adrian hardiman
"A colossus of the legal world." - Tributes paid after death of Supreme Court judge
Hardiman was one of the most well-known barristers in the country before his appointment to the State’s highest court.
# Broke
Over 500% increase in people being declared bankrupt
There has been a 568% increase in the number of bankruptcy adjudications before the courts.
# Chief Justice
Ireland's judges are struggling to 'maintain services to which people have a right'
Ireland has the lowest number of judges per capita in Europe.
# Traffic Jam
Justice Minister adds to calls for 'imaginative' solution to court backlogs
Road tax penalties, debt collectors, tax credit cuts have all been floated to deal with traffic fines.
# appeals of the court
Irish courts can't cope with any more cuts - Chief Justice
Reducing staff numbers any further would do “great and lasting damage”, she said.
Over 80% more people sought legal advice for housing issues last year
The total number of queries to FLAC centres was up more than 10% compared to 2012.
# Social Media
Tweets are becoming a big problem for Irish judges
Chief Justice: Once false information is out, there is “no putting the genie back into the bottle”.
# Courts
Extra court sittings to tackle seriously ill judge's backlog
The Chief Justice said the judge will “probably require a lengthy period of convalescence following on his illness”.
Chief Justice: death of judge Kevin Feeney is a 'great loss to the State'
The 61-year-old will be laid to rest this afternoon.
# Kilmainham
Courts Service hands keys of Kilmainham Courthouse over to OPW
The courthouse is expected to expand visitor numbers to Kilmainham Gaol.
# appeals court
Panel chosen for October appeals court referendum
The vote will ask the public to decide on the existence of an Appeals Court between the High Court and the Supreme Court.
# Boom and Bust
Chief Justice looks for ethics in the boardroom
Chief Justice Susan Denham said today that a “trail of devastation winds its way into our courts daily”.
# Annual Report
Significant rise in number of rape cases in front of Irish courts
The vast majority of cases heard in Irish courts were related to road-traffic offences.
# The Supremes
Courts to hold extra September sittings to work through backlog
The Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal will join the High Court in holding extra sittings to clear a backlog.
# Courts
Alan Shatter and The Supremes: New judges to deal with courts backlog
The government has approved the appointment of two extra judges to the Supreme Court to deal with the current backlogs, some as long as four years.
# Meetings
Judges happy that their concerns are 'fully understood'
A row between the judiciary and the government seems to have fizzled out today with two separate developments.
# Row
Chief Justice: 'There are currently issues of serious concern'
A forum for discussion about matters of “mutual concern” to the judiciary and government has been established, on the request of Susan Denham.
# Promissory notes
Supreme Court adjourns promissory note appeal as TDs seek to join case
David Hall says his case concerns issues wider than that of the €3.06 billion payment due in March that now appears unlikely following the liquidation of IBRC overnight.
# Marriage equality
Chief Justice launches guide to rights for gay couples
The guidelines point out rights and obligations attached to civil partnerships and protection for cohabiting couples.
# Court clobber
Out with the old: Supreme Court to ditch traditional robes next week
Supreme Court judges believe the current robes, which date from pre-independence, are inappropriate for a modern republic.
# Court reform
Referendum will allow radical reform of courts system
The Cabinet has approved plans for a major reform to the courts service – including the possibility of a secular oath for judges.
Column: ‘The current situation of the Supreme Court is unsustainable’
Chief Justice Susan Denham pays tribute to the Constitution on its 75th birthday – and examines the case for a drastic overhaul of Ireland’s judicial system.
# Judiciary
Chief Justice launches report calling for independent judicial appointments
Court appointments should be independent, says a report by the European judges’ association launched by Justice Susan Denham.
# Priory Hall
Priory Hall residents concerned over Supreme Court appeal
Evacuees are worried that if Dublin City Council’s appeal is successful, they will be forced further into financial strife – and may even have to default on their mortgages.
# Inauguration
Gun salutes, honour guards and fly pasts: today's inauguration ceremony has it all
Plus, a “colour party”, finger food and that new inauguration chair – we have all the details of today’s inauguration ceremony here.
# Judicial Pay
Retired judge to oversee referendum on judges' pay
Bryan MacMahon, formerly of the High Court, will chair the Referendum Commission overseeing next month’s referendum.
# Judges Pay
New Chief Justice rejects €38k pay rise
Chief Justice Susan Denham says the judiciary does not oppose a referendum allowing their pay to be cut – and has refused a pay rise of €38,044.
# Chief Justice
Susan Denham to become Ireland’s first female Chief Justice
The Honourable Justice Susan Denham, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, will be its next president.