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Appointments to the Supreme Court, High Court and District Court

 

At its meeting today, the Government nominated a serving Judge of the High Court, the Hon. Ms. Justice Iseult O’Malley for appointment by the President to the Supreme Court. The vacancy arose from the recent retirement from the Supreme Court of the Hon. Mr. Justice John Murray. 

The Government today also agreed in principle to nominate Mr. Richard Humphreys SC and Mr. Tony O’Connor SC for appointment by the President to the High Court to fill the vacancies due to arise upon the retirement of the Hon. Mr. Justice Carroll Moran in August 2015 and the post arising from the anticipated appointment of the Hon. Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring as the Chair of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

In addition, the Government nominated Ms Miriam A. Walsh, Solicitor and Mr John F. Brennan BL for appointment by the President to the District Court to fill vacancies arising from the retirement of Judge Seán MacBride and the elevation of Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin to the Circuit Court. The Government also agreed in principle to nominate Mr John Cheatle BL to fill the vacancy that will arise in the District Court from the pending retirement of Judge Mary Collins. 

The Government has taken the necessary steps to formally advise President Higgins of the nominations in accordance with constitutional procedure. 

22 July 2015