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Nomination to the European Court of Justice


At its meeting today, the Government nominated Mr. Eugene Regan S.C. for appointment as a judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ). The nomination of Mr. Regan is to replace the current Irish representative on the ECJ, Judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh, whose term of office will expire in October 2015.

Today’s nomination follows receipt of recommendations from the expert panel established to assist with identifying persons interested in nomination for the post, considering their suitability and reporting to Government. The panel was chaired by retired High Court Judge, the Hon. Mr. Justice John Cooke.

Appointments to the Court are for a period of six years and are renewable. Before the appointment can be made by the Member States, Mr. Regan will be assessed by the panel set up under Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to confirm his suitability for the post.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D. also paid tribute to Judge Ó Caoimh who has served with distinction as a Judge of the ECJ since his appointment in October 2004, and thanked him on behalf of the Government.

Note for Editors
A partial renewal of the European Court of Justice will take place in October 2015 when the judges of 14 Member States will commence their term of office for a six year period from Oct 2015 to Oct 2021. Judges of the ECJ are ‘appointed by common accord of the governments of the Member States’ in accordance the relevant provisions in the EU Treaties (Articles 253 to 255 of the Treaty on the Function of the European Union).

Limited Biographical Details for Mr. Eugene Regan S.C.

· Educated: University College Dublin, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, the King’s Inns and the Irish Management Institute.
· Called to the Bar: 1985
· Called to the Inner Bar: 2005
· Commenced Practice as a Barrister in 1995, with wide experience in European Law, Competition and State Aid Law, Public Procurement, Social Security, Data Protection, Environmental Law, Asylum and Immigration and Criminal Justice
· Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner Peter Sutherland: 1985 to 1988
· Member of Seanad Eireann: 2007 to 2011