Iseult O’Malley to be appointed as Supreme Court judge
Richard Humphreys and Tony O’Connor nominated as judges of the High Court
The Government has nominated High Court judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley for appointment to the Supreme Court
It has also agreed to nominate two senior counsel, Richard Humphreys and Tony O’Connor, as judges of the High Court.
Ms O’Malley will replace former chief justice John Murray who recently retired as an ordinary member of the Supreme Court.
The appointments were approved by the Government at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting held at Lissadell House in Co Sligo.
Ms O’Malley and Mr Humphreys both have strong connections with the Labour Party: Mr Humphreys was a Labour councillor on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council representing the Stillorgan area. He stepped down from the role earlier this year.
Mr Humphreys mainly practised in Constitutional law and also in immigration law.
Criminal lawMs O’Malley has practised mainly in criminal law and is a former chair of the Free Legal Advice Centre. Mr O’Connor has been chair of the Mental Health Tribunals since 2013 and has wide experience in civil, commercial and EU law.
In a statement last night, the Government said it had taken the necessary steps to formally advise President Michael D Higgins of the nominations in accordance with constitutional procedure.