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New appointments chosen to fill vacancies in High Court

Two serving judges were also appointed to the Court of Appeal.

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THE GOVERNMENT AGREED to nominate five people to fill vacancies that will shortly arise shortly in the High Court.

Judge Tony Hunt was educated in University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1986 and appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court in May 2007. He was later assigned to the Midland Circuit in March 2012. He is a member of the Working Group on Efficiency Measures in the Criminal Justice System – Circuit and District Courts and a member of the Circuit Court Rules Committee

Solicitor, Donald Binchy was educated in University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland and enrolled as a solicitor in 1987. He has wide experience in all areas of law with specialist expertise in company and commercial law, planning and administrative law.

Solicitor, Robert Eagar was educated inUniversity College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland. He enrolled as a solicitor in 1978 and has wide experience in all areas of law with specialist expertise in criminal law, internet crime, extradition and asylum and human rights law as well as child care cases. Eagar was an assistant solicitor in the Office of the Chief State Solicitors: 1978 – 1984 and is a former chairperson and member of the Dublin Simon Community. He was also a founder member of the Irish Refugee Council and served on the Board of Management of Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School.

Senior Counsel, Robert Haughton was educated in Trinity College Dublin and the King’s Inns and called to the Bar in 1979 and Inner Bar in 2004. He was chairman of the board of Bloomfield Hospital (now Bloomfield Care Centre) from 2005 to 2012 and is currently a director.

Judge Margaret Heneghan is to take over following the retirement of Judge Daniel Herbert in November.

Once the vacancies arise in the High Court, formal nominations in respect of today’s announcement will take place. The nominations are being agreed in principle at this advanced stage in order that the anticipated vacancies in the High Court.

In addition, the Government announced two serving judges as Judges designate of the Court of Appeal: Justice Garrett Sheehan and Judge Alan Mahon.

The President of the High Court, Justice Nicholas Kearns welcomed the nomination today of several new judges to the High Court.

I welcome these appointments to the bench. Every effort can now be made to ensure that the work program and the scheduling of cases for the remainder of the legal term can proceed without interruption.

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