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Sunday 28 May 2017

Tributes to 'robust but genuine' prisons inspector

Judge Michael Reilly was highly respected by colleagues Picture: Oisin McHugh/True Media
Judge Michael Reilly was highly respected by colleagues Picture: Oisin McHugh/True Media
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has led tributes to Judge Michael Reilly, who died over the weekend.

Judge Reilly was the Inspector of Prisons, a position he had held since January 2008.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor, daughters Jilly (Foley) and Evie (Mulry), sons Tom and Peter, brothers Peter and Rory, sisters Eve and Sally and extended family.

Paying tribute to him, Ms Fitzgerald said: "Michael Reilly served the State with great commitment as Inspector of Prisons, a role he agreed to take on after a distinguished career on the bench as a judge in both the District and Special Criminal Court.

"He was robust and fair-minded in the way he carried out his work, he was not afraid to criticise where this was merited, but he retained the respect of everyone involved in penal policy throughout his tenure as Inspector. I worked very closely with Judge Reilly and I found him to be a very warm, genuine, caring person with a deep interest and commitment to the work he was carrying out."

His funeral will be at Portroe Church, Co Tipperary tomorrow at 11.45am.

Irish Independent

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