Press Releases and Archive

Election of Chairman of the Bar Council (2014/2015)

​At the election meeting of the Bar Council held on 9th July 2014, Mr David Barniville SC was elected Chairman of the Bar Council. Jerry Carroll Director 9th July 2014

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Published on 09 July 2014

Bar Council Submissions on the Procedures for Appointment as a JudgeAdobe PDF format document

The Bar Council of Ireland very much welcomes the invitation to offer its views in relation to a proposed review of procedures for judicial appointments. The Bar Council shares the views of the Department of Justice and Equality (“the Department”) that there are legitimate concerns that the process of judicial appointments is currently not operating in a satisfactory manner and there is a need for reform both on a statutory level and in the manner in which the application and selection process is carried out in practice.
Published on 30 January 2014

Bar Council Calls for Yes Vote in Court of Appeal Referendum

27th September 2013 - The Bar Council fully supports the proposal to amend the Constitution to create a new Court of Appeal in the forthcoming Referendum on 4 October 2013 and calls for a yes vote in that Referendum. The Bar Council believes that the establishment of a Court of Appeal is an essential step to address the serious delays which have built up in recent years in having appeals determined by the Supreme Court, due to

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Published on 27 September 2013

Bar Council welcomes statement from the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD calling for lines of communication to be opened between judiciary & Government

Judges are entitled to voice their views over the recent and proposed changes to the way in which justice is administered in this country. There is a separation of powers in this country and the judiciary exists to defend and vindicate the rights of the Citizen. The Bar Council believes that the judges have raised very legitimate concerns about a number of recent issues, including the appointment, and manner of appointment of “specialist judges” under the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 and in relation to the terms and conditions of their appointment.

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Published on 16 April 2013