Mac Airt v Minister for Justice & Equality and ors
 IESCDET 192
THE SUPREME COURT
Finlay Geoghegan J.
|COURT: High Court|
|DATE OF ORDER: 22nd August, 2018|
|DATE OF PERFECTION OF ORDER: 22nd August, 2018|
|THE APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL WAS MADE ON 7th September, 2018 AND WAS IN TIME.|
The general principles applied by this Court in determining whether to grant or refuse leave to appeal having regard to the criteria incorporated into the Constitution as a result of the 33rd Amendment have now been considered in a large number of determinations and are fully addressed in both a determination issued by a panel consisting of all of the members of this Court in Price Waterhouse Coopers (A Firm) v Quinn Insurance Ltd. (Under Administration) . and in a unanimous judgment of a full Court delivered by O'Donnell J. in The additional criteria required to be met in order that a so-called "leapfrog appeal" direct from the High Court to this Court can be permitted were addressed by a full panel of the Court in . Accordingly it is unnecessary to revisit the new constitutional architecture for the purpose of this determination.
The application for leave filed, and the respondent's notice thereto, are published along with this determination (subject only to any redaction required by law) and it is therefore unnecessary to set out the position of the parties in detail.
This application relates to the refusal of the High Court (McDonald J.) to grant leave to the applicant to seek judicial review. The subject matter of the proposed proceedings is the appointment of a Mr. Harris as the new Commissioner of An Garda Síochána. The applicant says that the appointment was unlawful, not by reason of any defect in the appointment procedures, but on the basis that Mr. Harris is not an appropriate person to serve in this position. In brief, the applicant's complaint arises from the fact that Mr. Harris was previously a Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (and, before that, an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary). It is claimed that, by reason of his involvement in investigations carried out by that force into certain notorious murders in Northern Ireland, he would be compromised in the performance of his duties as Garda Commissioner. The applicant seeks declarations concerning the obligations of the respondents to investigate the murder of Irish citizens; a declaration that Mr. Harris would, by reason of his obligations under the Official...
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