Judge Alan Mahon: chaired planning tribunal from 2003-2012. Photograph: Frank Miller

Alan Mahon elevated to Court of Appeal as seven judges named to fill key vacancies

Alan Mahon is among the seven judges who will fill key vacancies. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Alan Mahon among seven judges named to fill key vacancies

High Court judge Daniel Herbert, whose retirement in the coming weeks may prompt the Minister for Justice to name a fourth High Court judge nominee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 70 lawyers, half of them barristers, applied for posts

Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions: defended her office’s handling of rape cases

Claire Loftus says Court of Appeal could bring more consistency to sentencing

Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus: said when her office decided not to prosecute in a rape case, it was ‘only very rarely that there is any issue about the credibility of the complainant’

Claire Loftus warns of ’acute’ risk of public commentary prejudicing banking cases

The Chief Justice  Ms Justice Susan Denham: wrote to the Government  lat year warning that it risked creating a “second-best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financial burden on High Court judges who lived outside Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Seven vacancies will arise in High Court when Court of Appeal formally established

President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, last week said he was struggling to find judges for new cases. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ex-barrister who represented women in landmark abortion case among nominees

The Cabinet has selected judges Carroll Moran, Mary Faherty, Raymond Fullam and Carmel Stewart to fill four of the vacancies that will arise on the High Court when the Court of Appeal is formally established later this month. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Judges Carroll Moran, Mary Faherty, Raymond Fullam and Carmel Stewart to fill four out of seven vacancies

The Links Creche, Abington, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Majority of charges concern ‘disrespectful, degrading or exploitative’ practices

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