Saturday 19 August 2017

Nation laments the passing of citizens' last line of defence

Adrian Hardiman
Adrian Hardiman
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

The sudden death of Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman is not just a tragic loss for his family, friends and the legal profession.

We, the citizens, have also lost a brilliant advocate, a relentless interrogator and due process bodyguard who at times - especially in his stunning, trenchant dissents - felt like the last line of defence between the citizen and the State.

A fearless and occasionally truculent warrior, whose skills of cross examination were sui generis (in a class of their own), Adrian Hardiman was not just a legal colossus and a lawyer's lawyer. He was also a lawyer for the little man who stood up for the citizen when the State crossed the line.

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