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Ex-Fine Gael senator nominated as EU judge

THE Government has nominated barrister and former senator Eugene Regan to be a judge in the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Mr Regan was a Fine Gael councillor in Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown and later a member of the Seanad for the party from 2007-2011. He set a declared spending record in the 2004 local elections, with a campaign outlay of almost €45,000 to take a local council seat.

The Justice Department confirmed Mr Regan's name has been put forward for a six-year term, starting next October, which carries a salary package of €270,000 taxed at preferential EU rates. If, as expected, his appointment is ratified by the EU Court authorities, he will take over from Mr Justice Aindrias Ó Caoimh, who has served there since 2004.

The nomination followed recommendations from an expert panel chaired by former High Court Judge John Cooke. It is Mr Regan's first appointment as a judge, having been a junior counsel since 1985 and a senior counsel since 1995.

Irish Independent