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Phoenix said that Rory Brady would most likely recommend his own replacement. And that's why Hugh Mohan wasn't in the reckoning. They mentioned three names based on this . They said: "Gerard Hogan was a PD person, Donal O'Donnell leans towards FG and Paul Gallagher is considered to be one of the FF good old boys and in the frame for AG".clytaemnestra said:He would be very close to the former Fine Gael Attorney General, Dermot Gleeson SC, and his political sympathies would be thought to tend towards the Blueshirts rather than Fianna Fáil. Perhaps this is his appeal. He is one of the finest minds at the Bar and as somebody not immediately identified with FF he would be a reassuring choice for the Greens.
Fair enough but I'll take your stuff with a pinch of salt. Brian was made a SC about ten years ago. I work down around the Courts (not practice) and I always thought Gallagher was FF.corelli said:With no disrespect would not believe a word that you read in the Phoenix. It's hardly a magazine of record. Bertie could never have appointed Lehinan as AG. He is not a senior Counsel and has not practiced for years. Brady, however, could well have recommended his replacement, he is very close to Bertie. Hogan is the most sucessfull, and brilliant, constitutional lawyer in the country. Im quite sure he would have no interest in the job even if offered. He could have a seat on the Supreme Court in the morning should he so wish, providing there was a vacancy, of course.
Mmmm but my point is why bother ? The AG does nothing much political so competence is all that's needed. I can see a marginal advantage that someone who shares your views will understand you more quickly/better & that you might be more comfortable with them.corelli said:In terms of the AG having a political sympathy it has nearly always been the case that the AG has had a close political affiliation. Why appoint a supporter of another party. Cynical, but thats the way it has been.
One and the same. And a pretty down to earth person at that. And I can answer your second one because I got this wrong last week. You can't be a member of the government (cabinet) and AG but you can be a TD.corelli said:Gypsy,Is the patricia ryan brian lenihan is married to Judge Patricia Ryan?And my apologies, you are quite right. Brian Jnr. was called to the inner bar in 1997. In relation to his possible appointment as AG I am not sure you can be a sitting member of parliment and AG or can you?