Seanad debates

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)

 

2:30 pm

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Independent)

Determination is an attitude of mind and it can be good and bad. People can be determinedly wrong and determinedly right, and determinedly fair and determinedly unfair. Determination is seen, generally, as a positive attribute as opposed to someone being a vacillator or a hesitant person, although that only applies up to a point, because one has to listen to both sides of the argument and be fair to both sides. For something such as honesty, however, how is the commission to evaluate the honesty of a person coming before it when it cannot be submitted to any test?

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