Monday 22 January 2018

Kevin Lynch in the spotlight

Kerry Babies case put this judge in the spotlight

Judge Kevin Lynch
Judge Kevin Lynch
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Kevin Lynch became a High Court judge in 1984. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed to chair the Kerry Babies Tribunal. He held a preliminary hearing on December 28 and the tribunal began hearing evidence 10 days later. It heard closing submissions in mid-June and the report was published at the start of October.

Things happened more briskly in those days.

Lynch, who died last Thursday at the age of 85, served on the High Court for 12 years. In 1996 he was appointed to the Supreme Court and he served there until his retirement in 1999. It was the tribunal that made him a household name in the Eighties.

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