Cabinet gives go-ahead for recruitment of next Irish judge on the European Court of Human Rights

The cabinet will have to approve the names of the three Irish candidates in November and they will then be sent onto the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe

Tánaiste Micheál Martin received cabinet approval to find a replacement for Síofra O’Leary. Picture: Julian Behal

The cabinet has started the process to replace Síofra O’Leary, the Irish-born President of the European Court of Human Rights.

The court in Strasbourg in France is responsible for ensuring that Ireland and other member countries uphold their commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights.

O’Leary, who is the first woman and first Irish person to be president of the court, is due to reach the end of her nine-year term on July 1 ...