The Cabinet has made four senior judicial appointments to the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Judge Brian McGovern and Judge Marie Baker will take up roles on the Court of Appeal.

Judge Patrick McCarthy will also be appointed to this court on 2 July when Judge Alan Mahon begins his new role as Ombudsman for the Defence Forces.

Senior Counsel Tara Burns has been made a High Court Judge.

To date only a small number of judges have been appointed by this Government because the agreement that keeps the Government in place pledged to introduce a new way of selecting judges.

It was a core demand of Minister for Transport Shane Ross when the minority administration was formed.

However, legislation to give effect to this has taken a longer than expected time to pass through the Oireachtas.

It did pass all stages in the Dáil last week but it must still progress through the Seanad.

However, waiting times for appeal cases are running at more than 20 months in some courts.

For that reason the Government has moved to fill some of these vacancies.

It is understood that an agreement was reached with Minister Ross in recent days that he would not oppose the appointments.