A Kildare Fianna Fáil TD says the appointment today of the former Attorney General to the Court of Criminal Appeal is part of a "bad start" for Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach.
Máire Whelan was formally appointed in a short ceremony at Aras an Uachtarán this morning; despite numerous objections.
Her warrant of appointment was signed by President Higgins and countersigned by An Taoiseach.
Two judges of the High Court - Eileen Creedon and Charles Meenan - have also been appointed at the ceremony.
Kildare North Fianna Fáil TD, James Lawless, speaking to Kildare Today, says its an unauspicious beginning to Leo Vardkar's leadership of government.