TRIBUTES have been paid to High Court Judge Mr Justice Kevin Feeney, who has died suddenly at his holiday home in Ballycotton, Co Cork.
The married father of four has been described as one of the greatest lawyers of his generation.
Judge Feeney (pictured), who was appointed to the High Court in 2006, had a broad practice as a barrister, and was a "fantastic" defamation lawyer who regularly acted for Independent Newspapers for many years prior to his appointment to the bench.
In recent years, he had been in charge of complex applications under the Proceeds of Crime Acts.
He was married to Geraldine, and had four adult children – Kevin, Andrew, Peter and Barbara.
His brother, John Feeney, was a journalist with the 'Evening Herald' who died in the Beaujolais air crash in November 1984 with eight others.
The light plane carrying the men was taking part in the annual 'race' to bring back the first Beaujolais nouveau from France when it crashed.
Another brother, Peter Feeney, is a former head of television current affairs at RTE.
Last night David Barniville, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, said the legal profession was "shocked and devastated".
As a barrister, Kevin Feeney had spent several years in senior positions on the Bar Council and served as its Honorary Secretary.
"Kevin Feeney was one of the great counsel of his time," said Mr Barniville.
"People, even those who lost their action, left his court knowing that they had received a fair hearing and had been treated with incredible courtesy."