The two men now heading for High Court ...
•Michael White was a Workers' Party activist in the early 1980s but failed to get elected as a TD.
He ran in the three general elections of the volatile 1981-1982 period, as well as a by-election in November 1983.
The young married solicitor ran in the Dublin Central constituency, where Bertie Ahern was establishing a political empire. After four defeats, Mr White quit electoral politics and focused on his solicitor's practice.
After practising as a solicitor for 20 years, he was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1996 by the Rainbow coalition of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Democratic Left.
During his time as a judge, Mr White (58) presided over the high-profile Annabel's case, where four young men were on trial for the manslaughter of 18-year-old Brian Murphy.
•Kevin Cross lives in Ballsbridge in Dublin 4 with his wife, High Court Judge Allison Lindsay. She is best known for the tribunal into the infection of haemophiliacs with HIV and hepatitis C.
Mr Cross (60) has served as a barrister in Dublin for the past 33 years. He graduated in 1974 from UCD, was called to the Bar in 1975 and the Inner Bar in 1997.
A Fine Gael supporter, he made a political donation of €1,200 to European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton in the run-up to February's General Election.
Ms Creighton said last night Mr Cross was a friend.