Saturday 25 November 2017

Tributes to late judge Katherine Delahunt

Judge Katherine Delahunt
Judge Katherine Delahunt
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has led the tributes to Judge Katherine Delahunt, who has passed away.

The 58-year-old died yesterday morning after a "lengthy illness". She served as a judge in the Circuit Court since 2001 and had been a solicitor for 22 years prior to that.

Minister Fitzgerald expressed her "deepest sympathy" to the late judge's husband Stephen O'Byrnes, who is a director of PR firm MKC communications.

"Katherine was a judge of exceptional ability who served with distinction. She had an unwavering dedication to public service.

"She will be sadly missed by her family and by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her," Ms Fitzgerald said.

Laurie Mannix and Tim Kinsella, the directors of MKC Communications, last night described Ms Delahunt as "an excellent and compassionate judge and a person of great intellect, kindness and humanity".

"Everyone who met Katherine was charmed by her exceptional warmth, good humour and an irresistible sense of fun," they added.

"She was incredibly brave and her untimely passing is an immense loss to her husband, family, the judiciary and Ireland."

Ms Delahunt will be buried on Saturday morning in Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, after an 11am service in Church of The Sacred Heart in Donnybrook.

Irish Independent

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