Morag Registered User
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/0720/1224301011023.html

[quote="Susan Denham named first woman chief justice

THE GOVERNMENT has nominated Mrs Justice Susan Denham for appointment by the President as the next chief justice, making her the first woman and the first Protestant to hold the position.

She replaces Mr Justice John Murray, who retires on Friday. He will continue to be a member of the Supreme Court until 2014.

"]Susan Denham named first woman chief justice

THE GOVERNMENT has nominated Mrs Justice Susan Denham for appointment by the President as the next chief justice, making her the first woman and the first Protestant to hold the position.

She replaces Mr Justice John Murray, who retires on Friday. He will continue to be a member of the Supreme Court until 2014.

With the recent appointment of Máire Whelan SC as Attorney General, the appointment means the two most senior legal positions in the State are occupied by women.

Mrs Justice Denham is the daughter of former Irish Times editor Douglas Gageby. Educated in Alexandra College, Dublin, and Trinity College, where she studied legal science, the King’s Inns and Columbia University, New York, she was called to the Bar in 1971 and became a senior counsel in 1987.

As a barrister she practised on the midland circuit and in Dublin, where she specialised in judicial review cases. She was appointed to the High Court in 1991. In December 1992 she became the first woman appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

In the 1990s she chaired the working group on a courts commission which produced a series of reports leading to the establishment of the Courts Service in 1999.

She served on the board of the Courts Service from its inception and chaired its Family Law Development Committee. Currently she chairs ISIS, the steering committee established to plan for and provide a system of information on sentencing.

Mrs Justice Denham was also secretary of the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Ethics which, in 2000, presented a report advising the establishment of a judicial council.

She is the chairwoman of the Committee on Court Practice and Procedure which advises on the need for change in various areas of the operation of the courts.

It's a good thing to see and makes me think that hopefully Ireland can be better then we expected.

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goose2005 Registered User
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/0720/1224301011023.html


It's a good thing to see and makes me think that hopefully Ireland can be better then we expected.


Yes, the child of an Irish Times editor and alumna of Alex. - the odds were really stacked against her

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Maple Hosted Moderator
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goose2005 said:
Yes, the child of an Irish Times editor and alumna of Alex. - the odds were really stacked against her


What's your point?

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LittleBook Closed Account
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goose2005 said:
Yes, the child of an Irish Times editor and alumna of Alex. - the odds were really stacked against her


Every Chief Justice since the 70s was an alumnus of UCD

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Magic Beans Registered User
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goose2005 said:
Yes, the child of an Irish Times editor and alumna of Alex. - the odds were really stacked against her

Ireland is not a classless society. Some doors will always open easier for people from certain backgrounds. The only difference here is that the door is now being held open for women. That's progress, let's wish her well on her appointment.

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Scarlet 27 Registered User
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As someone who works in the legal industry I think it is wonderful news and about time (women have out numbered men going into law since the 70's).

Irrelevant of ones background anyone who gets ahead in this game works their ass off (I am from a working class background so I am objective when I say that). She has had to work incredible hard to get to this point, is obviously a very talented women and highly intelligent. I think it should be celebrated as a good thing for the country and for women. Thanks for spreading the good news Sharrow.

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discus Registered User
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While I'm delighted to see another 'first' for Ireland, and a change from the current 50/50 divide between old guard and inanely lenient, what is her background? What will she bring to the position that others haven't?

pickarooney Moderator
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I'm not well up on these things. What power does this position hold exactly? Is this the one person who can potentially change the ludicrously lenient sentencing laws for violent crime in Ireland or is it just a figurehead role?

LittleBook Closed Account
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The Role of the Chief Justice

Not yet updated

- President of and responsibility for the Supreme Court
- First member of Presidential Commission (which acts in the absence of the President)
- Member of Council of State (advisors to the President)

Bottle_of_Smoke Registered User
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This is good to see. Her appointment is a source of inspiration for women who may be put off striving for top positions out of fear of glass ceilings or old boys clubs.

pickarooney Moderator
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Bottle_of_Smoke said:
This is good to see. Her appointment is a source of inspiration for women who may be put off striving for top positions out of fear of glass ceilings or old boys clubs.


Did you just burst a bag of clichés?

almostnever Closed Account
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She has been an exceptional Supreme Court judge over the years and I have no doubt that she will continue the trend as Chief Justice.

ninjasurfer1 Registered User
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Am I reading the extract correctly where it says she was a (high court) judge for one year (1991 - 1992) before becoming a supreme court judge?

If I've read it right, surely one would have to be a judge for longer than a year or two before becoming a supreme court judge?

Turkana Banned
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Jesus that photo of her is terrible! They really should have chosen a more professional and more feminine photo. She kind of looks like a man in that one!

Anyway, this is great news.

LightningBolt Registered User
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I wonder if she has children? That's not meant to be smart either, I'm genuinely curious.

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