TWO new Supreme Court judges have been formally appointed by President Michael D Higgins.
Former High Court justices Mary Laffoy and Elizabeth Dunne were sworn in yesterday at Aras an Uachtarain and will make their formal declarations in the Supreme Court today.
The fresh appointments end Chief Justice Susan Denham's spell as the only woman on the country's highest court.
The appointments will help alleviate delays of up to four years at the court pending the introduction of a Court of Appeal. Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said that the nine-judge Court of Appeal will be operational next year following the referendum to establish the interim court.
Judge Laffoy is the former chair of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, who was praised when she quit her position in 2003 amid claims of a lack of government co-operation. Judge Dunne, whose landmark 2009 ruling in a series of mortgage actions forced the Government to close a loophole in repossessions law, is highly regarded for her expertise in debt and banking law.