Judge whose ruling crucial in recognising rights of trans people retires

William McKechnie’s career defined by commitment to fairness and access to justice

Mr Justice William McKechnie speaking at the Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Ireland  conference at the Law Society, 2012.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Mr Justice William McKechnie speaking at the Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Ireland conference at the Law Society, 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A senior and widely respected Supreme Court judge, Mr Justice William McKechnie, has retired on the eve of his 70th birthday after a legal career spanning almost half a century.

As a High Court judge, his significant judgment in the case of transgender woman Lydia Foy, who sued over the refusal to issue her a birth certificate in her female identity, was crucial to the recognition of the rights of transgendered people in Ireland.

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