Current Judges of the Supreme Court

 

The Hon. Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell

The Hon. Mr. Justice William McKechnie

The Hon. Mr. Justice John Mac Menamin 

The Hon. Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne

The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Charleton

The Hon. Ms. Justice Iseult O’Malley

The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Irvine

 

Ex officio:

The President of the Court of Appeal, The Hon. Mr. Justice George Birmingham

The President of the High Court, The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Kelly


 

    

Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell

Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell was born in Belfast and educated at St Mary's C.B.S. , University College Dublin (B.C.L.), The Honorable Society of King's Inns (B.L.) and the University of Virginia (LL.M).

Mr. Justice O'Donnell was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1982, commenced practice in 1983 and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1989.  In 1995, he was appointed a Senior Counsel and has practised in all of the Courts of Ireland, in the Court of Justice of the European Union (C.J.E.U) and in the European Court of Human Rights (E.Ct.HR).

He was a member of the Law Reform Commission from 2005 to 2012. He has delivered the John Kelly lecture (U.C.D), the Brian Walsh lecture (I.S.E.L.), the Brian Lenihan lecture (T.C.D), the Dan Binchy lecture (Brehon Law School) and the keynote address at a conferene in the University of Limerick to mark the 80th anniversary of the Constitution of Ireland. He has published articles on a variety of legal topics in the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, the Irish Jurist, the Dublin University Law Jounal, the Judicial Studies Journal, and has contrinuted to volumes of essays on legal issues. He was a director of Our Lady's Hospice from 2009 to 2014 and is the current Chairman of the Judges' Library Committee, a member of the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting and of the Council of the Irish Legal History Society.

In 2009, he became a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King's Inns. 

Mr. Justice O'Donnell was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2010.

His father, Lord Justice Turlough O'Donnell, was a member of the Northern Ireland High Court and the Court of Appeal between 1971 and 1990 and was later a member of the Law Reform Commission. 


 

 

    

Mr. Justice William M. McKechnie

Mr. Justice McKechnie was educated at Presentation Brothers College, University College Cork, from which he graduated in 1971, University College Dublin and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin. He was called to the Bar in 1972 and admitted to the Inner Bar in 1987. As a barrister he practised in the area of commercial, chancery and local authority law and had a special interest in medical negligence.

He held a number of senior positions in the Bar Council of Ireland for several years and was elected Chairman in 1999 and re-elected in 2000.

He was appointed a judge of the High Court in 2000 and took charge of the competition list from 2004 to 2010. As such, he presided over all competition cases both civil and criminal. He made the first Declaration of Incompatibility under the European Convention on Human Rights Act, 2003 in the case of Foy –v- An t-Ard Chláraitheoir

Mr. Justice McKechnie was Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal from 1995 to 2000 and was previously Chair of the Editorial Board of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal. He has been a member of the Courts Service Board for several years as well as the Rules Making Committee. He is a member of the Executive Vouncil of the Association of Judges of Ireland and is heavily involved in the European Law Institute.

He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in June, 2010.

In 2010, he was elected President of the Association of European Competition Law Judges, which represents each of the 27 Member States of the European Union, as well as Judges from the Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union and from the EFTA Court. He is the third President of the Association, following Sir Christopher Bellamy and Dr. Joachim Bornkamm. He holds a Masters Degree in European Law.

Mr. Justice McKechnie has written several papers, participated in and presided over many conferences and delivered the 4th Annual C.C.J.H.R Lecture at U.C.C. on the 4th March, 2010.

He is a Bencher of the Honourable Society of King’s Inns.

 

 


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Mr. Justice John Mac Menamin

Mr. Justice John Mac Menamin was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2012.

He was born in Dublin and educated at Terenure College, University College Dublin (B.A. History) and The Honorable Society of King's Inns (B.L.).  As a student he was a Council member of the Free Legal Advice Centre and was involved in running a Free Legal Advice Centre in Ballyfermot.

Mr. Justice Macmenamin was called to The Bar of Ireland in 1975. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1991 and engaged first in general practice before specialising in judicial review, administrative law and defamation proceedings. He acted for a number clients before the Flood/Mahon Tribunal of Inquiry and for the Department of Health and for members of the then Cabinet, including the Taoiseach before the Ryan Tribunal.

He was legal assessor to the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Medical Council for ten years. Having served for four terms as an ordinary member, he was elected Chairman of the Bar Council from 1997 to 1999. He was a director of the V.H.I. from 1995 to 1997.

Mr. Justice MacMenamin was appointed a judge of the High Court in 2004. There he has dealt primarily with judicial review proceedings; cases with a constitutional or human rights demension; the rights or aslyum seekers; children in need of special care; treatment of prisoners; and single parents. He was in charge of the High Court Minors list for three years. He was appointed a member of the Special Criminal Court in 2009.

Mr. Justice Macmenamin was also, for three years, Ireland’s representative on the C.C.J.E., the Consultative Council of European Judges, an advisory committee to the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Mr. Justice MacMenamin has written and lectured on a range of legal subjects. He delivered the 2014 National University of Ireland Garrett Fitzgerald Lecture on the future of the European Union. He has lectured in St. Louis University School of Law and led a course of lectures on comparative constitutionalism at N.A.L.S.A.T., the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research at Hyderabad, India. He is an Adjunct Professor at Maynooth University and was appointed a Judge in Residence at Dublin City University in 2019.  In 1998, he was elected a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King's Inns.

 


M.s. Justice Dunne 2019

Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne

Ms. Justice Dunne was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2013.

Ms. Justice Dunne was born in Roscommon and educated at University College Dublin (B.C.L.) and The Honorable Society of King's Inns (B.L.)

She was called to The Bar of Ireland in 1977. During her practice, Ms. Justice Dunne was elected to the Bar Council.

Ms. Justice Dunne was appointed a judge of the Circuit Court in 1996 and was appointed to the High Court in 2004. She served as a member of the Education Committee of The Honorable Society of King's Inns and subsequenly served as Chair of that Committee for a number of years.

In 2004, Ms. Justice Dunne became a Bencher of King's Inns.

In 2013, Ms. Justice Dunne was appointed as Chair of the Referendum Commission that was established in advance of the Referendums to establish the Court of Appeal and to abolish Seanad Éireann.

Ms. Justuce Dunne us the correspondent judge for the Supreme Court of Ireland on ACA-Europe, an assocation comprised of the Councils of State of Supreme Adminsitrative jurisdictions of each member state of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union.


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Mr. Justice Peter Charleton

Mr. Justice Charleton was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2014.

He was bord in Dublin and educated at Trinity College Dublin and The HOnorable Society of King's Inns. He lectured in Trinity College Dublin from 1986 to 1988 in criminal law and in The Honorable Society of King's Inns in tort law from 1982 to 1984.

Mr. Justice Charleton was called to The Bar of Ireland in 1979. In 1995, he was called to the Inner Bar. From 2002 to his appointment to the High Court in 2006 he was counsel to the Morris Tribunal; a statutory enquiry which looked into miscwas onduct in the Garda Síochána.  In the High Court he was assigned principally to the commercial list.

From February 2017 to June 2018 he was Chairman of the Tribunal of Inquiry into protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and certain other matters. The tribunal published two substantive reports on the issues before it, the last in October 2018.

He has published on intelellectual property, criminal law, torts, constitutional law and executive power in journals, inlcuding the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, the International Journal of Law and the Family, the Yearbook of the International Commission of Jurists, Intellectual Property Law and Policy, the Journal of Criminal Law, the Bar Review, the Journal of the Judicial Studies Institute of Ireland, the Irish Law Times, the Gazette of the Incoporated Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Criminal Law Journal.

Mr. Justice Charleton is the author of: Controlled Drugs and the Criminal Law (An Cló Liúir, 1986); Offences Against the Person (Round Hall Press, 1992); Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (Butterworth, 1992); Irish Criminal Law (1999, Butterworths, with McDermott and Bolger); and Lies in a Miror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit (Blackhall Publishing, 2006).  

Mr. Justice Charleton is the Irish representative on the Colloque Franco Brittanique Irlandais.

He was a founder member of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and was chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council from 2011 to 2016.

 

 


 

    

Ms. Justice Iseult O’Malley

Ms. Justice O’Malley was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2015.

Ms. Justice O'Malley was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College Dublin and The Honorable Sciety of King's Inns.

She was called to The Bar of Ireland in 1987. In 2017, she was appointed a Senior Counsel.  She practised at the Bar for twenty-five years, mainly in criminal law and also in juicial review, extradition. immigration and housing law.

She was a Director of the Free Legal Advice Centre (F.L.A.C.) from 1985 to 2012 and was Chairperson of the organisation for three years.

In 2012, Ms. Justice O'Malley was appointed a judge of the High Court.

She is a former Chairperson of the Refugee Agency and was a member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal from 1995 to 1999.

In 20014, she received an E.S.B. Rehab Person of the Year Award for her work with F.L.A.C.

In 2012, Ms. Justice O'Malley became a Bencher of The Honorable Society of King's Inns.

 

 


 

 

The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Irvine

Ms. Justice Irvine was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2019.

Ms. Justice Irvine was born in Dublin and educated at the convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, University College Dublin and the Honourable Society of King's Inns. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1978 and to the Inner Bar in 1996. As a member of the Inner Bar, she specialised in medical law and was the legal assessor to the Fitness to Practice Committees of both the Medical Council and An Bord Altranais.

While in practise at the Bar Ms. Justice Irvine was elected to the Bar Council and served as Secretary to the Council. In 2004 she was elected a Bencher of the Honourable Society of King's Inns.

Ms. Justice Irvine was appointed a judge of the High Court in 2007. As a judge of the High Court, she was in charge of the Personal Injuries list from 2009 to 2014 and was responsible for the management and determination of all Garda Compensation claims. Following the retirement of Mr. Justice John Quirke, she chaired the Working Group on Medical Negligence and Periodic Payments established by the President of the High Court in 2010 to examine the system within the courts for the managements of claims for damages arising out of alleged medical negligence and to identify shortcomings in that system.

On its establishment in 2014, Ms. Justice Irvine was appointd a judge of the Court of Appeal. In 2018 she was appointed to chair the CervicalCheck Tribunal established by the Government to hear and determine claims made outside of the court process arising from acts of negligence on the part of CervicalCheck as provided for in the Cervical Tribunal Act 2019.