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
Every Chief Justice since the 70s was an alumnus of UCD
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.
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.
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?
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?
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)
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?
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.
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?
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.
I wonder if she has children? That's not meant to be smart either, I'm genuinely curious.