Forgive me if I wronged anyone -- judge
A retiring judge yesterday asked for forgiveness from anyone he may have wronged or who suffered through any mistake he made during his 27 years on the Bench.
Judge Joseph Mangan added: "I appreciate that forgiveness might not be readily forthcoming but that's not to stop me seeking it."
Warm tributes were paid yesterday to Judge Mangan who is one of the country's longest serving judges. Legal practitioners in the Co Clare circuit were only informed of Judge Mangan's decision to retire on Thursday as a district court judge and they joined with nine of Judge Mangan's colleagues from the bench in the circuit and district court to pay tribute to him yesterday.
Judge Mangan told a packed courtroom: "I'm not going to pretend that this work came easy to me," before asking for forgiveness.
Aged 67, Judge Mangan was first appointed to the bench in 1984 and he served as a moveable judge for 17 years before he was appointed as the assigned judge for the Clare area in 2001.
On retiring, Judge Mangan is entitled to a lump sum payment of €221,941 and an annual pension of €73,980 which is equivalent to half the current salary for a district court judge of €147,961.
Recently retired himself from the district court, Judge Michael Patwell told the courtroom that Judge Mangan's "encyclopedic mind is legendary".
Regional manager with the Courts Service, Brendan McDonald said there had been huge change in the social fabric of the country and "you have probably seen more change than any other judge sitting at the moment".