Sunday 21 April 2019

Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman passes away

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman
Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman has sadly passed away.

Born in Coolock, Dublin and educated at Belvedere College, University College Dublin, the Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Hardiman was called to the Bar in 1974.

He practised as a barrister for the next 26 years and was involved in many high-profile cases over the three decades.

Chief Justice Susan Denham has said she "received the news with great sadness and shock and her immediate reaction was to be mindful of the needs of his wife and family".

She described Justice Hardiman as "a man who had made great and courageous efforts on behalf of those who sought justice".

He neither favoured nor feared any interest - and went about his work with great integrity, grit and dedication".

Mr. Justice Hardiman was a Bencher of the King's Inns, a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple, London, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Highly articulate, he also used to write and broadcast regularly on legal and political topics.

Ivan Yates said that the death of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman was "a significant loss to the legal system". 

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness, who was appointed to the Supreme Court on the same day as Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said that he "never lost his brilliance".

"I am very sorry to hear about his sudden death, it's been a tremendous shock," she told The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk this morning.

"To think that he's gone is just extraordinary. My sincere condolences to his wife Yvonne and to his family.

"He was indeed a very brilliant mind - a bright, sharp mind. In making judgement in a case, he was able to do so very quickly and with enormous skill.

"His judgements and his personaltiy as a judge will live on."

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