Retiring Justice Laffoy praised
The Chief Justice has praised Ms Justice Mary Laffoy's "immense" contribution to the law and Irish public life on the judge's retirement from the Supreme Court.
Ms Justice Laffoy joined an "almost exclusively male" Bar in 1971 when she had no obvious source of work and made her career over the next five decades, "not through flamboyance or family connections, but through her sheer ability as a lawyer", Chief Justice Susan Denham said.
One of the most respected and hard-working members of the judiciary, Ms Justice Laffoy is also chair of the Citizens' Assembly and retired yesterday, the eve of her 72nd birthday.
In reply to the tributes, the judge thanked all who worked with and for her.
She was "very grateful" for having had the opportunity to participate in the administration of justice "and in particular the protection of the rule of law". Her Supreme Court colleagues, along with many other judges, were in the packed court to hear tributes led by the Chief Justice and Attorney General, Seamus Woulfe SC. The judge's friends and family, barristers, solicitors and Courts Service staff also attended.