Monday 27 March 2017

Obituary: Adrian Hardiman, Lawyer

Born 1951 - died March 7, 2016

Brilliant legal mind: Adrian Hardiman was one of very few barristers to be appointed directly to the Supreme Court.
Brilliant legal mind: Adrian Hardiman was one of very few barristers to be appointed directly to the Supreme Court.

Adrian Hardiman was one of a handful of Irish legal figures whose name became instantly recognisable to the general public. The Dublin native, who died on Monday, was a justice of the Supreme Court for 16 years, but was also politically active, a historian and a Joycean scholar.

President Michael D Higgins this week said Hardiman was "one of the great legal minds of his generation", a man who was "always committed to the ideals of public service". In fact, the two had been due to speak together on Monday night at a discussion on the Irish language in NUI Galway.

Adrian Hardiman was born in 1951, and educated at Belvedere College, University College Dublin - where he studied History - and finally King's Inns. While at UCD, he served as president of the Student Representative Council and auditor of the Literary and Historical Society. In 1973, he won the National Debating Championship.

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