first_imgSinn Féin justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said there can be no doubt left for Minister Shatter that the days of political appointments to the judiciary have to stop.The Inishowen TD was responding to news that a committee chaired by the Chief Justice has called for a change in the way judges are appointed.Last year, Deputy Mac Lochlainn published legislation to put an end to the system of political appointees being made judges in Ireland. The Reform of Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013 is designed to amend the way in which the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board operates in order to increase transparency and accountability in judicial appointments.The Donegal North East TD said “Confirmation that the Judicial Appointments Review Committee has made a submission to the Department of Justice describing the system of judicial appointments in Ireland as ‘demonstrably deficient’ is another nail in the coffin of political appointments to the judiciary.“I welcome that the committee has said that ‘the principle of appointing a judge by merit should be established in legislation’ as I have published legislation last year to do just that. The Judicial Appointments Review Committee also have said today ‘As a matter of principle, political allegiance should have no bearing on appointments to judicial office’.He added that the appointments process needs drastic reform and public confidence in the justice system is contingent on a judiciary which is free from political control or political or other bias. “It is essential that there is an independent and impartial judiciary which is representative of the community it serves.“A truly representative judiciary would enhance confidence in the justice system. It would also promote the development of a non-partisan judiciary, and thereby further promote a culture of judicial independence. Future judicial appointments should be drawn from a wider pool of qualified candidates that is fully representative of the community in order to eradicate the corrosive and unaccountable system of patronage previously in operation.”POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARY MUST STOP – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appointmentsjudiciaryPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

David Warner annoyed with abusive, derogatory New Zealand crowd

first_imgAustralia vice captain David Warner has accused New Zealand fans of going “too far” in their abuse of the tourists during the two-Test series which concluded on Wednesday.Both captains paid tribute to the spirit in which the series, which Australia won 2-0, had been played but Warner suggested that goodwill had not extended to the stands at Wellington’s Basin Reserve and Hagley Oval in Christchurch. (Also read: Steve Smith relieved as Brendon McCullum retires from international cricket) “Some of the stuff was pretty derogatory and vulgar,” Warner told reporters at Sydney Airport on Thursday.”You get your odd banter here or there, but when they’re talking about people’s families it takes it a little bit too far.”We don’t expect to wake up and be hounded for six or seven hours,” he added. (Steve Smith wants Australia to keep enjoying life at the top)”The upsetting thing was I know if my two daughters were in the crowd, I wouldn’t want them listening to that kind of stuff.”While New Zealand have prided themselves on playing the game in the right spirit over the last couple of years, Australia have maintained a reputation for on-field aggression.Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 30 per cent of his match fee after an angry exchange with umpire Ranmore Martinesz on day four of the second Test.Warner, once the self-confessed “attack dog” of Australia’s sledging effort, said Australia would continue to play the game their way.”We have a passionate brand,” Warner added. “If you look back at the history of Australian cricket we have an aggressive style.advertisement”We’ve got keep playing our brand of cricket and not stepping over that line.”last_img read more