Monday 25 September 2017

Supreme Court appointments are a victory for women

THE appointment of two female judges to the Supreme Court is a fresh victory for women in law and for diversity on the bench. High Court judges Mary Laffoy and Elizabeth Dunne will fill the female void left by the resignations, in recent years, of Supreme Court justices Catherine McGuinness and Fidelma Macken, the first female judge to serve on the European Court of Justice.

In a formerly male-dominated profession, women now occupy the top leadership positions through Chief Justice Susan Denham, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon and Attorney General Maire Whelan.

The first female appointees to these senior roles, the four are a credit to the legal profession and serve as role models for women in the law and elsewhere. Their success was made possible by the deeds of pioneering female lawyers who went before but were never properly recognised.

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