Statement by Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly
Following the publication tonight of correspondence between the Chief Justice and Justice Seamus Woulfe, Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly said:
“This is an unprecedented situation for our judiciary.
“A newly appointed Justice of the Supreme Court has lost the support of the entirety of his colleagues. The Chief Justice has said it was the view of all the other members that the controversy had caused significant and irreparable damage to the court.
“This has undermined the cohesion of our most senior court, and in those circumstances the Taoiseach must now make a clear statement if he will act on the views of the Chief Justice.
“If this controversy and the impasse that has resulted continues then the legislature will have to act.”