Opposition parties and a number of independents have indicated that they will not support a motion coming before the Dáil to remove Seamus Woulfe from the Supreme Court.

The motion, brought by Paul Murphy of RISE and People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith, is due before the Dáil on Wednesday or Thursday this week. They are both due to meet with the Ceann Comhairle to decide when TDs will be able vote on the motion.

There will be no debate prior to this vote. Instead, if passed, the debate will be adjourned and a Select Committee will be appointed to gather evidence before returning to the house.

Sinn Féin, the largest opposition party with 37 TDs, said it will examine the motion but at this point in time, it does not "see any credible basis for impeachment", according to a spokesperson.

The Social Democrats and their six TDs said they will not support the motion.

The Labour Party has not yet taken a position. Their six TDs will vote on the issue at the Parliamentary Party meeting tomorrow evening.

Denis Naughten of the Regional Independent Group said that he has not yet taken a position. However, as things stand, he is not likely to support the motion.

Deputy Naughten said that he is awaiting publication of the full correspondence between Justice Woulfe and the Chief Justice.

The Regional Independent Group will meet on Wednesday and discuss the motion. There is no obligation for the nine TDs in the grouping to vote the same way.


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Michael Collins and Mattie McGrath, members of the Rural Independent Group, said that they will not support the motion and expect other members in the grouping will take a similar position.

However, Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae said he has not yet come to a decision.

Aontú's Peadar Tóibín said that he is not likely to support the motion but the matter would be discussed at a party meeting. He said that he had serious concerns regarding the selection of judges but that this was not the way to address the problem.

Those in favour of the motion so far include Independent TD Joan Collins, Mick Barry of Solidarity as well as Richard Boyd-Barrett and Gino Kenny of People Before Profit. 

Last week the Taoiseach told the Dáil that the Government will not pursue any further action to remove Seamus Woulfe from the Supreme Court.

The motion put forward by Mr Murphy and Ms Smith calls for the removal of Seamus Woulfe from the Supreme Court for "stated misbehaviour" regarding his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden on 19 August this year.

It states that his attendance undermined "the public health effort during a pandemic" and thereby rendered him unsuitable to "exercise the office of a judge of the Supreme Court". 

It is noted in the motion that Mr Woulfe attended the event where there was more than 80 people in attendance, despite public health regulations at the time stating that it was an offence to organise an indoor social gathering of more than 50 people. 

During the dinner, 45 people were seated in one room, with a partition separating them from 36 people in another room.