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46. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his role in the appointment of the Master of the High Court. [7982/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The office of Master of the High Court was established under section 3 of the Court Officers Act 1926 which provided that the Master of the High Court shall be appointed by the Executive Council and shall hold office at the pleasure of the Executive Council.
The appointment of the Master of the High Court is done by Government. In relation to the current serving Master, his appointment followed an open competition and Mr. Edmund Honohan was appointed by Government Decision SO5055E of 8 May 2001 with effect from 14 May 2001.