|Chief Justice of Ireland
Príomh-Bhreitheamh na hÉireann
|Member of||Council of State |
|Nominator||Government of Ireland|
|Appointer||President of Ireland|
|First holder||Hugh Kennedy|
- a member of the Presidential Commission;
- a member of the Council of State (a position retained on retirement).
List of chief justices
|No.||Name||Term of office||Nominated by||Appointed by||Notes|
|1.||Hugh Kennedy||24 June 1924||1 December 1936||W. T. Cosgrave (4th Dáil)||Timothy Healy||Died in office|
|2.||Timothy Sullivan||1 December 1936||1 June 1946||Éamon de Valera (8th Dáil)||Domhnall Ua Buachalla|
|3.||Conor Maguire||1 June 1946||11 November 1961||Éamon de Valera (12th Dáil)||Seán T. O'Kelly|
|4.||Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh||16 June 1961||22 September 1973||Seán Lemass (16th Dáil)||Éamon de Valera||Resigned on appointment to the European Court of Justice|
|5.||William FitzGerald||25 September 1973||17 October 1974||Jack Lynch (19th Dáil)||Éamon de Valera||Died in office|
|6.||Tom O'Higgins||17 October 1974||1 October 1985||Liam Cosgrave (20th Dáil)||Erskine H. Childers||Resigned on appointment to the European Court of Justice|
|7.||Thomas Finlay||10 October 1985||16 March 1994||Garret FitzGerald (24th Dáil)||Patrick Hillery|
|8.||Liam Hamilton||22 March 1994||1 June 2000||Albert Reynolds (27th Dáil)||Mary Robinson|
|9.||Ronan Keane||1 June 2000||28 November 2004||Bertie Ahern (28th Dáil)||Mary McAleese|
|10.||John L. Murray||23 July 2004||25 July 2011||Bertie Ahern (29th Dáil)||Mary McAleese|
|11.||Susan Denham||25 July 2011||28 July 2017||Enda Kenny (31st Dáil)||Mary McAleese||First woman Chief Justice|
|12.||Frank Clarke||28 July 2017||Incumbent||Leo Varadkar (32nd Dáil)||Michael D. Higgins|
- List of Judges of the Supreme Court of Ireland
- Lord Chancellor of Ireland
- Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
- Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
- Master of the Rolls in Ireland
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was created under the Courts of Justice Act 1924. Before 1922 the Lord Chancellor of Ireland was the highest judicial office in Ireland. Between 1922 and 1924, the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland was the most senior judge in the Irish Free State. The Supreme Court sits in the Four Courts. When the Supreme Court sits, as it mostly does, in two chambers, the second chamber sits in the Hugh Kennedy Court, named after the first Chief Justice.
- "The Role of the Chief Justice". SupremeCourt.ie. Courts Service. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
- "Chief Justice of Ireland" is the name under which all Plenary Summonses are issued: "Rules of the Superior Courts, Appendix A, Part I, Form 1". Courts.ie. Courts Service. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
- During his legal career, Ó Dálaigh was known as Carroll O'Daly. See for instance The Irish Law Times and Solicitors' Journal, vol. 103 (1970), p. 289: "The Chief Justice the Hon. Carroll O'Daly"
- Source: The Judges in Ireland 1221–1921 by Francis Erlington Ball (ISBN 1846300746)
- The Supreme Court of Ireland: A History by The Courts Service (ISBN 075571766X)