List of judges of the High Court (Ireland)


The High Court of Ireland is a court which deals at first instance with the most serious and important civil and criminal cases. The High Court is composed of its president, 35 ordinary judges, and additional judges being ex officio the Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal, the President of the Circuit Court, and former chief justices and courts presidents who remain judges.

Current members


Name Appointed Notes
Mary Irvine 2007–2014, 2020– President since 2020
Michael Hanna 2004
Michael White 2011
Kevin Cross 2011
Paul McDermott 2012
Anthony Barr 2013
David Keane 2013
Max Barrett 2013
Bronagh O'Hanlon 2013
Deirdre Murphy 2014
Brian Cregan 2014
Tony Hunt 2014
Carmel Stewart 2014
Robert Eagar 2014
Mary Ellen Ring 2015
Tony O'Connor 2015
Richard Humphreys 2015
Michael Twomey 2016
Miriam O'Regan 2016
Paul Coffey 2016
Leonie Reynolds 2016
Eileen Creedon 2017
Charles Meenan 2017
David Barniville 2017
Michael MacGrath 2018
Denis McDonald 2018
Tara Burns 2018
Michael Quinn 2018
Senan Allen 2018
Garrett Simons 2018
John Jordan 2019
Alexander Owens 2019
Brian O'Moore 2019
Mark Sanfey 2019
Mary Rose Gearty 2019
Niamh Hyland 2019
Mark Heslin 2019
Paul Burns 2020
Nuala Butler 2020
Siobhán Stack 2021

Ex-officio members


Name Since Notes
Frank Clarke 2017 ex officio as Chief Justice
Previously a member 2004–2012
George Birmingham 2018 ex officio as President of the Court of Appeal
Previously a member 2007–2014
Patricia Ryan 2019 ex officio as President of the Circuit Court

Former members


  •   denotes presidents
Name Term of office Notes
Timothy Sullivan 1924–1936 President 1924–1936
James Creed Meredith 1924–1936
Thomas O'Shaughnessy 1924–1925 Last Recorder of Dublin
William E. Wylie 1924–1936
William J. Johnston 1924–1939
James Murnaghan 1924–1925
Henry Hanna 1925–1943
John O'Byrne 1926–1940
Conor Maguire 1936–1946 President 1936–1946
George Gavan Duffy 1936–1951 President 1946–1951
William Black 1939–1942
Martin C. Maguire 1940–1954
Kevin Haugh 1942–1961
Andrew Kingsbury Overend 1943–1947
Cahir Davitt 1945–1966 President 1951–1966
Kevin Dixon 1946–1959
T. C. Kingsmill Moore 1947–1951
Charles Casey 1951–1952
Gardner Budd 1951–1965
Richard McLoughlin 1952–1969
George D. Murnaghan 1954–1979
Thomas Teevan 1954–1971
Brian Walsh 1959–1961
John Kenny 1961–1975
Séamus Henchy 1962–1972
Seán Butler 1966–1980
Aindrias Ó Caoimh 1966–1974 President 1966–1974
Alfred D. Pringle 1969–1974
Frank Griffin 1971–1973
Thomas Finlay 1972–1985 President 1974–1985
John Gannon 1973–1990
Tom O'Higgins 1973–1974
Kenneth Deale 1974
Liam Hamilton 1974–1994 President 1985–1994
Weldon Parke 1974–1976
Thomas A. Doyle 1974–1984
James G. McMahon 1975–1986
Herbert R. McWilliam 1976–1985
Declan Costello 1977–1998 President 1995–1998
James A. D'Arcy 1977–1986
Ronan Keane 1979–1996
William Ellis 1979–1983
Donal Barrington 1979–1989
Mella Carroll 1980–2005 First female High Court judge
Roderick O'Hanlon 1981–1995
Edward Walsh 1981–1982
Henry Barron 1982–1997
Francis Murphy 1982–1996
Kevin Lynch 1984–1996
Séamus Egan 1984–1991
Robert Barr 1985–2002
Gerard Lardner 1985–1993
John Blayney 1986–1992
John McKenzie 1986–1991
Richard Johnson 1987–2009 President 2006–2009
Frederick Morris 1990–2001 President 1998–2001
Vivian Lavan 1991–2011
Declan Budd 1991–2011
Susan Denham 1991–1992
Feargus Flood 1991–2000
Paul Carney 1991–2015
Hugh Geoghegan 1992–2000
Dermot Kinlen 1993–2002
Harry Whelehan 1994 President 1994
Brian McCracken 1995–2002
Mary Laffoy 1995–2013
Peter Shanley 1996–1998
Catherine McGuinness 1996–2000
Thomas C. Smyth 1996–2008
Michael Moriarty 1996–2018
Diarmuid O'Donovan 1996–2007
Peter Kelly 1996–2014, 2015–2020 President 2015–2020
Philip O'Sullivan 1997–2006
Kevin C. O'Higgins 1997–2008
John Quirke 1997–2012
Matthew P. Smith 1998–2004
Cyril C. Kelly 1998–1999
Nicholas Kearns 1998–2004, 2009–2015 President 2009–2015
Fidelma Macken 1998–1999
Aindrias Ó Caoimh 1999–2004
Iarfhlaith O'Neill 1999–2014
Joseph Finnegan 1999–2001 President 2001–2006
Roderick Murphy 2000–2013
Liam McKechnie 2000–2010
Daniel Herbert 2000–2014
Paul Butler 2000–2018
Henry Abbott 2002–2017
Éamon de Valera 2002–2014
Mary Finlay Geoghegan 2002–2014
Michael Peart 2002–2014
Barry White 2002–2014
Paul Gilligan 2003–2018
Seán O'Leary 2003–2006
Seán Ryan 2003–2014 First President of the Court of Appeal
Fidelma Macken 2004–2005
Frank Clarke 2004–2012
John MacMenamin 2004–2012
Elizabeth Dunne 2004–2013
Kevin Feeney 2005–2013
Peter Charleton 2006–2014
Maureen Clark 2006–2014
John Cooke 2007–2013
Brian McGovern 2006–2018
John Hedigan 2007–2016
George Birmingham 2007–2014
John Edwards 2007–2014
Garrett Sheehan 2007–2014
Bryan MacMahon 2007–2011
Patrick J. McCarthy 2007–2018
Daniel O'Keeffe 2008–2013
Gerard Hogan 2010–2014
Iseult O'Malley 2012–2015
Colm Mac Eochaidh 2012–2017
Marie Baker 2013–2018
Carroll Moran 2014–2015
Raymond Fullam 2014–2017
Caroline Costello 2014–2018
Aileen Donnelly 2014–2019
Mary Faherty 2014–2019
Robert Haughton 2014–2019
Seamus Noonan 2014–2019
Donald Binchy 2014–2020
Bernard Barton 2014–2021
Teresa Pilkington 2014–2020
Margaret Heneghan 2015–2017
Isobel Kennedy 2015–2018
Úna Ní Raifeartaigh 2016–2019

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