BaileNuachtCartlann Aitheasc agus Preaseisiúintí

Appointments to the Supreme Court and the Circuit Court

 

Following its meeting today the Government wishes to announce its decision to nominate the following persons:

Mr. Donal O'Donnell, S.C. for appointment to the Supreme Court and Ms. Margaret Heneghan, S.C. and Ms. Leonie Reynolds, B.L. for appointment to the Circuit Court.

The Supreme Court vacancy arises from the appointment in October 2009 of the Hon. Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, who was a sitting member of that court, as President of the High Court. The vacancies in the Circuit Court arose following the tragic death of Judge Miriam Reynolds Buckley and the retirement of Judge Harvey Kenny earlier this year.

The Government will take the necessary steps to formally advise President McAleese, of the nominations in accordance with Constitutional procedures.

21 December 2009.

 

Notes for Editors

 

Biographical Details for Mr. O'Donnell

Born 1957
Educated: University College Dublin (BCL), Kings Inns (BL), University of Virginia (LLM)
Called to the Bar of Ireland (1982)
Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland (1989)
Called to the Inner Bar of Ireland (1995)
Bencher, Honorable Society of King's Inns
Member of the Law Reform Commission; the Commercial Court Users Group; member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee on the Origins of the Irish Constitution; Chairman of the Editorial Committee Bar Review and Board Member of Our Lady's Hospice, Harolds Cross.

Biographical Details for Ms. Heneghan

Born 1959
Educated: Kings Inns
Called to the Bar of Ireland (1993)
Called to the Inner Bar of Ireland (2009)
Member of the Board of the Legal Aid Board

Biographical Details for Ms. Reynolds

Born 1968
Educated: University College Dublin (BA); Kings Inns (BL)
Called to the Bar of Ireland (1993)
Practices mainly on the Midland Circuit
Member of the Valuation Tribunal.