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Paul Gallagher - Attorney General




droghedasouth

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I know that he did some work for the last Rainbow when the AG at the time could not cover it because of previous work the AG did.

That is why he was my dark horse prediction for AG under the Rainbow.
Now you know how accurate my predictions are.
 

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Is chairman of the editorial board of the bar review (legal journal produced by and for barristers.Senior Counsel for Guiness and Mahan at the Moriarty Tribunal. Specialises in commercial law particularly but has a rounded practice.
 

droghedasouth

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Comes from Tralee.

Studied Law at UCD but not part of the usual L&H set.
Not involved in politics in UCD either.

Was a pupil of Dermot Kinlen when he joined the bar.

Very clever.
 

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Dubsthcentralboy, was your previous post said tongue in cheek? The usual qualification for appointment as attorney general is that one should be a member of the inner bar (senior counsel) not be thick as pig s**t, though that is not a complete disqualification, and to be a fully paid up member of the relevent party in power. Gallagher, however, has a very very good reputation and the office of the attorney general is a very good one in terms of the people working there. He would also seem, on the surface, apolitical. The only difficulty with the attorney general giving advice to the government is that no one else ever gets to see it and in reverence to a previous post, im not too sure how beneficial being a former pupil of Mr. Justice Kinlen is.
 

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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.
 

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looks like this may have been an appointment pushed for by the Greens alright - up until yesterday/the day before he didn't appear to be in the running
 

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Hmmmm but what use is it to the Gov the AG having a political sympathy ? The role is pretty apolitical ?

cYp
 

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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. I know one of Gallaghers lecturers from his days in UCD and it appears he was very highly thought of as a student. His reputation at the bar is excellent. Nice guy too it is reported. Would have a slight worry that his practice is nearly entirely commercial but given his aparent intellect I am sure he will be entirely able to deal with others area of the law.

Conor Maguire was very much in the running it appeared, perhaps until he made a complete idiot of himself recently at a certain tribunal. That performance did not go down very well at the bar. I think perhaps Bertie was none too impressed at his council whinging at the tribunal about how unfair they were to him.
Hugh Mohan, who has huge FF connections was also strongly in the running but perhaps a bit too close to FF for the greens liking. Turloch O'Donnell was also a name mentioned but perhaps neglected for the same reasons as Mohan, cant be too sure of that though.
 

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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.
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".
They mentioned if Bertie was feeling cute he'd plump for Brian Lenihan.
 

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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 a qualified barrister but according to the bar council is not practicing so therefore pretty much out of the running. 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. :D
 

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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. :D
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.
 

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maybe so but check the council website for practicing barristers and he is not on it.
 

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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?
 

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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.
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.

Remember most of the law library aren't strongly party political.

So it strikes the strongest reason to always appoint an AG associated with your party is "jobs for the boys" , patronage & appearance of power.

cYp
 

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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?
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.
 

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Would I be cynical in saying that Judge Ryan got the job all and of her own accord as, as we know, becoming a judge has nothing to do with political patronage??
 

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Don't know anything about the new Attorney General. On Vincent Browne to-night just got the usual stuff in regard to legal people: "marvellous mind", "knows the law" very brainy" "very erudite" blah, blah, blah.
 

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