The Supreme Court has requested retired chief justice Susan Denham to prepare a report on the actions of Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe, who attended the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden, Co Galway last week.

In a statement the court said Ms Justice Denham would be asked to "consider certain questions arising out of the attendance of Mr Justice Woulfe at an event in the west of Ireland last week and to report her conclusions and recommendations to the Chief Justice."

The statement said work on the report would begin immediately.

It went on to say that Ms Justice Denham had been asked to consider whether Mr Justice Woulfe should have accepted the invitation to dinner and whether "he should in all the circumstances have left the hotel in light of the situation prevailing".

She will also consider whether he should have attended the golf event without attending the dinner.

"In the context of those questions Ms Justice Denham has also been asked to consider whether there are any relevant codes of practice or guidelines and to make any recommendations in that regard which she considers appropriate," the statement added.

The court said this "non-statutory approach" was necessary because relevant sections of the Judicial Council Act, 2019 have not yet been commenced.

Mr Justice Woulfe, who is a former attorney general, was appointed to the Supreme Court in July.

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In a statement last week, Mr Justice Woulfe confirmed that he attended one day of the Oireachtas Golf Society outing as "an invited guest".

He said that "on learning of the proposed dinner during the course of that day, my understanding was that the organisers and the hotel had satisfied themselves that they would be operating within Government public health guidelines."

Mr Justice Woulfe said his attendance was based on the understanding that it would be within the Government guidelines.

"That I ended up in a situation where breaches may have occurred, is of great regret to me, and for which I am sorry," he said. "I unreservedly apologise."

Earlier today, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he did not believe Mr Justice Woulfe should have been at the event in Clifden.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Mr Martin saidthe judiciary need to look at his position in light of his attendance at the Oireachtas event.