This chapter begins by considering the eligibility requirements for appointment to the Irish Supreme Court before tracing the history of the system for selecting the judges. Particular attention is given to whether the judges selected have been politically independent. The work of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board is analysed, as are the current proposals to create a Judicial Appointments Commission and a Judicial Council. A section charts the rise in judicial salaries and examines the controversy over the constitutionality of asking judges to take a pay cut after Ireland’s financial crisis in 2008. After a brief section on retirement ages there is a narrative of who has succeeded whom in the Supreme Court from 1924 until today (57 judges in all). The chapter concludes with an analysis of the extent to which Supreme Court judges have been representative of Irish society.
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