Thursday 18 April 2019

Ex-FG minister to be High Court judge

Dearbhail McDonald and Senan Molony

THE solicitor son of a Supreme Court judge, a senior maritime figure and a former Minister of State have all been appointed as senior judges.

The names of the appointees are expected to emerge officially today, but theIrish Independent has learned that George Bermingham, a former Fine Gael minister of State has been appointed as a High Court judge.

Last night the legal profession was toasting the success of colleagues as rumours of the appointees' names emerged.

Senior counsel Mary Irvine has been appointed to the High Court.

Meanwhile, criminal law solicitor Garrett Sheehan is now the second solicitor in Irish legal history to be appointed to the High Court.

John Edwards, a Limerick-based senior counsel, and Corkonian Pat McCarthy SC will join Mr Sheehan and Circuit Court Judge Bryan McMahon at the High Court.

Last night the Cabinet met and approved a number of senior judicial and garda appointments. Six new High Court judges are to be installed, with five at Circuit Court level, and six District Judges.

Solicitor Gerry Griffin has been appointed to the Circuit Court. The former President of The Law Society, Mr Griffin is the son of retired Supreme Court Judge Frank Griffin.

McCann Fitzgerald partner Petria McDonnell, a maritime and mediation law expert, has been elevated to the Circuit Court with lawyers Martin Nolan, Tony Hunt and Rory McCabe.

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