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Attorney General asked to advise Government over Woulfe controversy

The Attorney General has been asked to advise the Taoiseach and the Government on the controversy surrounding Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe and his attendance at a ‘golfgate’ in August.

Woulfe was among more than 80 guests, including then agriculture minister Dara Calleary and EU commissioner Phil Hogan, who attended the Oireachtas Golf Society event despite Covid-19 public health guidelines placing limits on indoor gatherings.

Dara Calleary and Phil Hogan both subsequently resigned as did Jerry Buttimer who stepped down as Seanad Leas-Cathaoirleach.

Opposition politicians have called for the matter to be addressed by the Oireachtas, following the release of correspondence showing that Chief Justice Frank Clarke told Justice Woulfe he should resign.

Justice Clarke said the cumulative effect of the controversy had caused significant and irreparable damage to the Supreme Court.

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