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Government appoint former Fine Gael Senator as EU Judge

Nominee once spent €45,000 in council election

Published 23/06/2015 | 18:10

Eugene Regan
Eugene Regan

THE Government has appointed barrister and former Senator, Eugene Regan, to be a Judge in the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

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Mr Regan was a Fine Gael councillor in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and later a member of Seanad Éireann for the party from 2007-2011. He set a declared spending record in the 2004 local elections with a campaign outlay of almost €45,000 to win a local council seat.

The Justice Department today confirmed that Mr Regan had been appointed for a six-year term, starting next October, to the EU Court based in Luxembourg. If, as expected, his appointment is ratified by the EU Court authorities, he will take over from Mr Justice Aindrias Ó Caoimh who has served there since 2004.

“Today’s nomination follows receipt of recommendations from the expert panel established to assist with identifying persons interested in nomination for the post, considering their suitability and reporting to Government. The panel was chaired by retired High Court Judge, the Hon. Mr. Justice John Cooke,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

It is Mr Regan’s first appointment as a judge having been a junior counsel since 1985 and a senior counsel since 1995. He previously served in the advisory cabinet team of Ireland’s EU Commissioner, Peter Sutherland, from 1985-88.

His record  local election spending record emerged in declarations to the Standards in Public Office Commission in November 2004. Mr Regan said it represented his commitment to help re-build the Fine Gael party in Dún Laoghaire after huge general election reverses in June 2002 left them without a TD in that constituency.

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