Susan Denham made her final appearance on the Supreme Court bench on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

When, in December 1992, Susan Denham became the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, it was a culture shock for her and for the instituti(...)

 Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke pictured in the Four Courts after the announcement that he is to be appointed as the new chief justice. Photograph: Collins Courts

Most young barristers have to wait years for a meaty case to arrive on their desk. Frank Clarke was qualified less than a year when one of the biggest(...)

Frank Clarke: he was the first member of his family to go to university

The incoming chief justice Frank Clarke was nominated after pre-Cabinet discussions between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Justice Charlie Flana(...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell: a reputation for sharp reasoning and  elegant writing

The second most senior member of the current Supreme Court, after Chief Justice Susan Denham, Donal O’Donnell was regarded as the leading constitution(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised over Dáil comments about former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photographs: The Irish Times

The country’s most senior judge has rebuked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over Dáil comments about former attorney gene(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw remarks he made about the suitability of Máire Whelan to be made a (...)

 Máire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D. Higgins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil that he put pressure on President Michael D Higgins to appoint former attorney general Máir(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will he rescind Máire Whelan’s appointment  and reopen the process? Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Enda Kenny paid Leo Varadkar the compliment of nominating him to be his successor as taoiseach on Wednesday, but he has also left him with the first p(...)

Asylum seekers Protest in Waterford in 2014.  Picture: Patrick Browne

The Supreme Court ruled last week in favour of a Burmese asylum seeker who challenged the legislative provisions that prohibited him from seeking work(...)

 Michael McDowell said the quality of judges has declined in recent years due to “economic factors”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is a story lawyers love to tell each other about a colleague who found himself appointed to the High Court bench in recent years. He received a (...)

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