Courts lead tributes to barrister Ivan Daly who has died suddenly

‘His sad passing is a huge loss for the Bar’, says chair Maura McNally SC

Tributes were paid on Tuesday in all Dublin courts to leading barrister Ivan Daly BL who has died suddenly.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tributes were paid on Tuesday in all Dublin courts to leading barrister Ivan Daly BL who has died suddenly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

 

Tributes were paid on Tuesday in all Dublin courts to leading barrister Ivan Daly BL who has died suddenly.

Praise for his services to the legal profession and to the hundreds of clients he represented over the past 30 years were led by Circuit Court president, Justice Patricia Ryan, and by High Court Judge, Justice Paul Coffey.

Maura McNally SC, chair of the Bar of Ireland, who studied with Mr Daly at King’s Inns, said she had the pleasure of knowing him for more than 30 years.

Immediately following his call to the Bar, he had practised on the eastern and Dublin circuits and had quickly established himself as an erudite and unequivocal advocate.

“He was the most collegiate of practitioners, kind, generous, humorous and always quick with the banter. His sad passing is a huge loss for the Bar, causing a vacuum that can never be filled,” Ms McNally said.

She said cruel fate had robbed all of them of the best of men.

Former president of the incorporated Law Society, Stuart Gilhooly, whose legal firm regularly instructed Mr Daly, particularly in civil cases, said he was a top barrister.

“A wonderful advocate and colleague, he was at his best with his clients who he loved. He loved people from all walks of life and their stories and righting the wrongs they had suffered,” Mr Gilhooly said.

He said Mr Daly had been a great friend, husband and father and on behalf of the whole legal community extended sympathy to his family.

“He engendered undying loyalty because that was what he gave,” Mr Gilhooly said. “He oozed charisma and was a wonderful friend and barrister. We will remember him with huge affection. His passing leaves a massive hole in all of our lives.”