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The Taoiseach has confirmed that the Government will take no action against Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe.

It looks as though any attempt to impeach Mr Justice Woulfe will go no further after the Cabinet decided not to proceed with any action.

While it is still open to the opposition, there has been little appetite for it.

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However, opposition TDs are calling on the Justice Minister to appear before the Dáil to discuss the details of his appointment.

Mr Justice Woulfe was among those who attended the controversial Oireacthas Golf Society dinner in August.

A review by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found that he should not be forced to resign over the scandal - saying that would be unjust and disproportionate.

However, Chief Justice Frank Clarke had told Mr Justice Woulfe to step down.

Many TDs believe Justice Woulfe's position is untenable but that as he broke no laws there are no grounds for impeachment.

The focus has turned to his appointment and whether Minister Helen McEntee ran a fair process.

Labour leader Alan Kelly has questioned whether Minister McEntee told the Taoiseach a number of sitting judges applied for the job on the Supreme Court.

Only one name is presented to Cabinet, this time that of Seamus Woulfe the then outgoing Attorney General.

The government has been resisting having Minister McEntee take questions in the Dáil citing concerns about the separation of powers, something the opposition has branded as nonsense.

Reporting by Seán Defoe

Main image: File photo of Seamus Woulfe. Credit: PA

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