Wednesday 16 April 2014

Taoiseach leads tributes after judge Barron dies

THE Taoiseach has led the tributes to a former judge who is remembered for trying to seek truth for victims of the Troubles.

Brian Cowen said Judge Henry Barron (right) had a "long and distinguished career" at both the High Court and the Supreme Court.

The 81-year-old died after a short illness at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin on Thursday evening.

He was best known for a series of reports on terrorist attacks that he authored, including the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan Bombings.

"As the sole member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974 and into other bombings and atrocities which occurred in this State during the 1970s, he undertook his task with great sensitivity and thoroughness," Mr Cowen said.

Judge Barron spent 15 years as a High Court judge and made history by granting Ireland's first divorce in 1997. He was appointed to the Supreme Court later that year. He retired in 2000.

He is survived by his children Jane, Harrie, Robert and Anne as well as extended family.

Irish Independent

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