Minister for Transport Shane Ross has dismissed criticism of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill from Justice Patrick McCarthy, saying it proposes a more independent and transparent way to appoint judges.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Ross said it is "very important we have independent people to choose judges."

He said under the proposals, which will go to the Dáil shortly, there will be representations from the legal professions.

Mr Ross also said these will include the Chief Justice and experts from the Law Library, solicitors and the Attorney General.

He added that it is very important the chair is independent and not from the legal profession.

Yesterday the High Court judge said the proposals are "wrong in principle and in practice will do long-term harm to the administration of justice."

Speaking at the Law Society, Judge McCarthy said the proposals "are not in accordance with international principles about judicial independence to which the State is a party".

He said at least half of the body appointing and promoting judges should be members of the judiciary.

Chief Justice Susan Denham has met Taoiseach Enda Kenny to express her concerns over the Bill.

However, the President of the Law Society said it supports the proposals as it will introduce a system that will operate like a modern 21st century recruitment process.