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Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the first woman president of the High Court, will retire in July.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Mary Irvine, who retires in July as the first woman president of the High Court, endured a baptism of fire, steering the court through Covid-19, fast-(...)

 ‘I’m storting to wonder is Budapest even a place?’

So I’m sitting at the deportures gate and I’m as giddy as pint number seven. We all are? We’re waiting for our flight to board and the atmosphere is a(...)

Former chief justice Frank Clarke is among the retired judges who are engaged in mediations and/or arbitrations. Photograph: Tom Honan

Struggling barristers are losing out as a number of retired senior judges on substantial pensions are securing lucrative mediation work, The Irish Tim(...)

Retired chief justice Frank Clarke. Photograph: Alan Betson

Recently retired chief justice Frank Clarke is to resume work as a barrister, becoming one of the few senior judges to return to practice after retire(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke  at his office in the Four Courts before  his retirement. ‘People want judges to be immune from the human condition in some sense, but they want them to be grounded too, and judges can’t be both things at the same time.’   Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I had no great idea what I wanted to do, but I think I found the hole that suited the shape of my peg, as it were, by luck more than anything else(...)

An Irish Times cartoon of Charlie Haughey and Des O’Malley with the caption ‘Mr Haughey leaving office with dignity’. Illustration: Martyn Turner

“Ah, Dessie. Would you ever give up them aul’ cigarettes?” He wouldn’t play a blind bit of notice. He smoked like a chimney and that’s the way it was(...)

‘The chap is your godfather, Ross! I was hoping you might even say a few words while we’re all still compos mentis!’

So it’s, like, Saturday morning and I’m busy watching Sorcha disinfect the weekly grocery delivery when the old man rings to point out that today is a(...)

Laurence Campbell with a bust that was the last work he submitted to the Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition. If Frank Beatty, a barrister, was indeed the sitter, then why had a portrait been commissioned? Photograph: Courtesy of RHA

In May 1955, sculptor Laurence Campbell showed a bust titled Frank Beatty, Esq, at the annual exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy. It was not fo(...)

Louis Rees-Zammit of Wales knocks on  during the Six Nations match against England at the Principality Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

A recent High Court judgment got me thinking. Anyone who sits on that exalted bench has a profound knowledge of the laws of the land, of precedents an(...)

 Una  McGurk confirmed on Wednesday she has lodged the action but declined to comment further. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A senior counsel who spoke at an anti-lockdown rally last summer is suing a refugee group for defamation. Barrister Una McGurk lodged the case on Tue(...)

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