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Appointments to the District Court


Tuesday 1st November 2011

At its meeting today, the Government decided to nominate Mr. Michael Coghlan, Mr. Patrick Durcan and Ms. Gráinne Malone for appointment by the President as judges of the District Court.

These appointments are to fill the vacancies, which arose from the retirements earlier this year of Judge William Hartnett, Judge Tom O'Donnell and Judge Michael Patwell.

The Government have taken the necessary steps to formally advise President McAleese of the nominations in accordance with Constitutional procedures.


Biographical Details
Mr. Michael Coghlan
Born in 1950, Michael Coghlan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1973, M.A. 1976) and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1978. Mr. Coghlan has over 30 years of litigation experience with expertise in Employment Law, Family Law, Debt Collection, Arbitration, Mediation and Conveyancing. Since 1989, Mr. Coghlan has been a Principal in Coghlan & McNally Solicitors. Mr. Coghlan was also Vice Chair on the Employment Appeals Tribunal from 1984 to 1989 and was a member of the Valuation Tribunal from 1997 to 2002.


Mr. Patrick Durcan
Born in 1951, Patrick Durcan is a graduate of University College Dublin (B.C.L. 1971, L.L.M. 1974), was admitted as a solicitor in 1973 and received a Diploma in Canon Law in 2010. Since 1973, Mr. Durcan has been a partner in Patrick J.Durcan & Co. Solicitors, engaging in general practice with an emphasis on litigation. Mr Durkan is an active law agent for the Health Service Executive in Co. Mayo with particular experience in child care matters and has worked as an agent of Inland Fisheries Ireland in relation to illegal fishing activities. Mr. Durcan was a Fine Gael Councillor on Mayo County Council from 1979 to 2004 and a member of Seanad Éireann from 1983 to 1987.


Ms. Gráinne Malone
Born in 1966, Ms. Gráinne Malone is a graduate of University College Dublin (B.A. 1987) and Dublin Institute of Technology (Dip. 1989). Ms. Malone was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 and called to the Bar in 2011. From 1993 to 2007, Ms. Malone was a Principal of Gráinne M Malone & Co Solicitors and from 2007 to 2010 a Senior Partner in Malone Hennessy & Co Solicitors. Ms. Malone also served as chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society from 2001 to 2003.