Monday 5 December 2016

Judicial colossus with a tender heart was in a class of his own

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

Justice, Paul Carney pictured before his final sitting as he retires from the High Court. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 24/4/2015
Justice, Paul Carney pictured before his final sitting as he retires from the High Court. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 24/4/2015

The death of Mr Justice Paul Carney - we once had a mild run-in over whether he should be called 'Mr Justice' or 'Judge' in court reports - marks the end of an era in criminal justice in Ireland.

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A colossus, if an occasionally tetchy one, he was 'Sui Generis' (in a class of its own).

The senior judge of the Central Criminal Court, Judge Carney presided over more than 150 rape and murder trials during his tenure on the bench, having been appointed to the High Court in 1991.

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