The front page of today's Sunday Business Post reports that Mr Justice Peter Kelly of the High Court has launched an unprecedented attack on the government and the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. At a speech before businessmen during the week, he alleged that the government had undermined the independence of the judiciary, and that this could have repercussions for Ireland's reputation as a safe place to do business. He mentioned the judicial pay refendum, the proposals to bring in a court of appeal and family courts, and the breakdown in communication between the government and the judiciary in his allegations of interference.
The story is behind a pay wall and I don't have a copy of the paper in front of me, so if anyone else has better details please post them. But these comments (from a highly respected judge who can in no way be dismissed as a FF stooge) are quite astonishing and arguably could create a constitutional crisis. Surely Shatter will have to be moved by Kenny whenever the reshuffle takes place.