Bench for ex-judge's wife
Patricia McNamara, the wife of former judge Mr Justice Cyril Kelly, is one of three new judicial appointments to the District Court.
Cyril Kelly resigned as a Circuit Court judge in 1999 following a report by the Chief Justice of Ireland into what became known as the 'Sheedy Affair'. The controversy arose after the early release from jail of Philip Sheedy, an architect who was involved in a road traffic accident in March 1996 at the Glenview Roundabout, Tallaght Bypass, Co Dublin, which resulted in the death of Anne Ryan.
The controversy also led to the resignations of Supreme Court judge Hugh O'Flaherty and Dublin County Registrar Michael Quinlan.
As well as the appointment of Ms McNamara, a solicitor and barrister who was a member of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal, to the District Court bench, the Government has also appointed solicitor Olann Kelleher, a former member of the Munster rugby squad that beat the All Blacks in Thomond Park 1978 and a partner in the large Cork legal practice Comyn Kelleher Tobin, Solicitors
The third appointment is solicitor and barrister Catherine Staines.
The three judicial appointments follow the deaths last year of Judge James Scally and Judge Dympna Cusack, as well as the retirement earlier this year of Judge Uinsin MacGruaric.