Saturday 23 March 2019

Ireland’s first openly-gay High Court judge 'in very happy relationship'

Justice Aileen Donnelly
Justice Aileen Donnelly
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

IRELAND’S first openly-gay High Court judge was appointed last July, Independent.ie has learned.

Justice Aileen Donnelly became Ireland’s first openly gay serving member of the High Court on her appointment.

A Courts Service spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie this morning that Justice Donnelly is gay.

“Justice Donnelly is in a very happy relationship with her partner Susan”, they said.

Susan attended Justice Donnolly’s appointment with her last summer.

It is understood that Justice Donnelly has been openly gay for many years.

She was educated at UCD and the King's Inn before being called to the Bar in 1988.

She was then called to the Inner Bar in 2004.

Justice Donnelly was also a board member and Co-Chair of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties between 1996 and 2002.

Last night Justice Donnelly was named on website theoutmost.com as openly gay.

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