Petition: Remove Seamus Woulfe From The Supreme Court

Paul Murphy TD and Brid Smith TD have now submitted a motion to remove Séamus Woulfe from the Supreme Court. His attendance at the Golfgate dinner undermined the public health effort being made to stop the spread of Covid-19.

At a time when people couldn’t attend funerals of loved ones, he was at a dinner that broke the rules he was involved in drafting! He clearly thought the rules didn’t apply to people like him.

The TDs were due to have the motion to start the process of impeachment tomorrow. However the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, is blocking it. He has made a ruling about Standing Orders which makes no sense, in order to stop it being debated.

We are calling on other opposition parties to support our right to bring this motion and insist on accountability. It was widely accepted that the refusal of Séamus Woulfe to resign meant that the responsibility to deal with this was in the hands of TDs. However, now the utilisation of the only mechanism of accountability available to us is being obstructed.

UPDATE NOV 26 2020 1.30PM – PRESS RELEASE: MOTION TO HAVE MR JUSTICE WOULFE REMOVED PLACED ON DÁIL ORDER PAPER

The Petition

We, the undersigned, were outraged by Séamus Woulfe‘s attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden. The event, where politicians, judges and corporate lobbyists wined and dined together, was in clear breach of the public health regulations. People were unable to attend funerals of loved ones and had to cancel their weddings. Yet Séamus Woulfe and others thought it was ok to attend an indoor dinner of 80 people, when the public health advice announced the day before was that no more than six people should attend an indoor event.
 
As Attorney General, Séamus Woulfe was involved in writing the law in relation to public health and Covid-19. However, he nonetheless was at an event which clearly breached those rules. From his response, it was clear that he didn’t feel that the rules applied to him. He suggested that the Oireachtas Golf Society was being treated as if it was the KKK and described the public outcy as a “media frenzy”. The effect of this was to undermine the public health effort and sacrifices being made to stop the spread of Covid-19. 
 
We support the proposal to begin a process to remove him from the Supreme Court and we ask that TDs vote this week to allow this process to begin.
 
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