The Enoch Burke Appeal and “an exercise in creating soundbites”

There were unprecedented scenes in the Four Courts complex yesterday in the Court of Appeal. The Enoch Burke Court of Appeal decision was being delivered by the three judge Court of Appeal.

As the President of the Court of Appeal was reading out his judgment the Martina Burke and Ammi Burke were moved to stand up and shout at the judges.

What triggered this action?

Apparently, it was the suggestion in the Court of Appeal decision that Enoch Burke’s criticism directed to the length of a previous High Court ruling were without substance and the offensive terms in which the criticisms have been formulated caused Mr Justice Birmingham to wonder whether this was not an exercise in creating soundbites.

An exercise in creating soundbites.

Here is the full decision of Mr Justice Birmingham.