IT WAS very much a family affair when new High Court Judge Bronagh O'Hanlon received her appointment from President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.
Four generations of the new judge's family were there to watch her official appointment including her seven-month old granddaughter Peggy Cannon, her son Eoin Cannon and her mother Irene O'Hanlon.
The ceremony was also attended by her husband Seamus Cannon, her sister Ursula O'Hanlon and her daughter-in- law Miranda Egan Langley.
The new High Court judge appointments also included barrister Marie Baker who brought along her two sons, as well as practising solicitor Dr Max Barrett, a former member of the management team of Anglo Irish Bank, who was appointed to the bank after it was nationalised.
The nominations for the three new judges were approved by Cabinet and yesterday the three went to Aras an Uachtarain where President Higgins officially signed their appointments. The ceremony was watched by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Attorney General Marie Whelan, Adrian O'Neill, Secretary General to the President and Phillip Hamell, Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach.
Ms Baker is a graduate of UCC and was called to the Bar in 1984. She became a senior counsel in 2004. Her main areas of interest are family law, conveyancing, trusts, banking and general chancery, with recent focus on the impact of Nama legislation. She practises mainly in the Commercial and Chancery courts.
Dr Barrett was brought into Anglo as group company secretary in 2010.
He is a practising solicitor and was formerly head of legal and compliance with Danske Bank (National Irish Bank) and Rabobank in Ireland.
He holds a PhD in law and has published numerous books and articles on various legal topics. Dr Barrett is also the author of numerous articles on Ireland's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation.