Nation laments the passing of citizens' last line of defence
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.