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Former Chief Justice John Murray retires

Published 26/06/2015 | 17:37

26/6/2015
Mr Justice John Murray and his wife, Gabrielle pictured at the Four Courts yesterday(Fri) following his final day on the bench of the Supreme Court.Pic: Courts Collins
26/6/2015 Mr Justice John Murray and his wife, Gabrielle pictured at the Four Courts yesterday(Fri) following his final day on the bench of the Supreme Court.Pic: Courts Collins
26/6/2015 L-R: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, Ms Justice Susan Denham, Mr Justice John Murray and his wife, Gabrielle pictured at the Four Courts yesterday(Fri) following his final day on the bench of the Supreme Court.Pic: Courts Collins

FORMER Chief Justice John Murray has retired.

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Tributes were paid to Mr Justice  Murray (71), who also served as Attorney General, when he sat for the last time today as a judge of the Supreme Court.

He was Chief Justice from 2004 to 2011 when Ms Justice Susan Denham took over that role and he remained on as an ordinary senior member of the court since.

Mr Justice Murray's wife Gabrielle and their two children, Catriona and Brian, and grandchildren were in the Supreme Court to hear the sucession of tributes led by Attorney General Máire Whelan.

Mr Justice Murray, in response, said he he was grateful for the privilege of having had an opportunity to serve on "this  great institution of State".

Born in Limerick, he attended Crescent College, Rockwell College, University College Dublin and the Kings Inns.

He was twice elected President of the Union of Students in Ireland .

He was called to the Bar in 1967 and became a Senior Counsel in 1981.

He served as Attorney General in 1982 and again between 1987 and 1991.

From 1991 to 1999, he was a judge of the Court of Justice of the EU until he resigned to accept a nomination to the Supreme Court.

While Chief Justice between 2004 and 2011, he was the highest paid judge in the world.

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