A The new chairman was nominated by the government for appointment by the president, using the applicable laws to appoint judges. It is fair to say that Donal O’Donnell’s nomination was universally welcomed by legal watchers as an excellent choice, as was that of his predecessor Frank Clarke. So did the new President of the High Court, Mary Irvine, and her predecessor Peter Kelly.
We have had many excellent judges. This is confirmed both by our historical experience and by our consistently high rank in comparative judicial independence assessments around the world. This quality and independence are preserved both by the caliber of the persons appointed and by their work as judges. Oddly enough, however, we regularly find ourselves in a frenzy of revising the law