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The Supreme Court /
Ruadhán Mac Cormaic.
[Ireland] : Penguin Ireland, 2016.
viii, 456 pages; 24 cm
184488340X, 9781844883400, 9781844883417 (ebook)
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[Ireland] : Penguin Ireland, 2016.
9781844883417 (ebook)
contents note
Beginnings -- Stand-off -- Separating powers -- Changing of the guard -- Vive la revolution -- The limits of activism -- In the government's sights -- McGee v. Attorney General -- Holding the line -- The Norris challenge -- The trouble with extradition -- Replacing O'Higgins -- Putting it to the people -- X -- The Whelehan affair -- In the eye of a hurricane -- New judges, new ideas -- Hitting the brakes -- Supreme conflict -- Detente.
"The Supreme Court reveals new and surprising information about well-known cases. It exposes the sometimes fractious relationship between the court and the government. But above all it tells a story about people - those who brought the cases, those who argued in court, those who dealt with the fallout and, above all, those who took the decisions. Judges' backgrounds and relationships, their politics and temperaments, as well as the internal tensions between them, are vital to understanding how the court works and are explored here in fascinating detail."--
It intrigues outsiders, can make governments tremble, and has played a key role in some of the biggest controversies in Irish society. Yet very little is known about Ireland's Supreme Court one of the most powerful institutions in the country. Who are the judges? How are they appointed? What happens once the door closes and they retreat to their chambers? And how do the judges and government negotiate one of the most delicate relationships in Ireland's power structure? This book the first ever written on the subject is a revealing account of a fascinating institution.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-413) and index.

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