Court trib­utes to re­tir­ing judge

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TRIB­UTES have been paid to a re­tir­ing Cir­cuit Court Judge who sat in Sligo for civil and fam­ily law cases.

Michael Mon­a­han as pres­i­dent of Sligo Solic­i­tors As­so­ci­a­tion led the trib­utes last Thurs­day morn­ing to Sligo born Judge Doirbhle Flana­gan who praised her abil­ity to clear the Court lists and her pro­fes­sional ap­proach to her job.

Re­tired State So­lic­i­tor, Mr Hugh Sheri­dan spoke on be­half of the State in the ab­sence of the cur­rent State So­lic­i­tor and com­pli­mented Judge Flana­gan on the run­ning of her Court and wished her well in her re­tire­ment.

Ms Michele O’Boyle, so­lic­i­tor on be­half of the Fam­ily law prac­ti­tion­ers and, as the Law So­ci­ety Rep­re­sen­ta­tive said Judge Flana­gan, who was ap­pointed in Novem­ber 2004, had stamped her mark from her very first sit­ting as an out­stand­ing mem­ber of the ju­di­ciary.

“You have al­ways ex­e­cuted your of­fice with­out fear or favour, af­fec­tion or ill will.

“Your de­ci­sions have been blind to prej­u­dice, have been im­par­tial, fair, ob­jec­tive and bal­anced.

“You have en­riched for the greater good the shape of our prac­tices and the le­gal pro­fes­sion.

“We are a di­verse, dy­namic, con­fi­dent pro­fes­sion ready to meet the chal­lenges ca­pa­bly, how­ever, your tena­cious at­ten­tion to de­tail has chal­lenged us to be­come bet­ter lawyers and for that we are grate­ful.

“It has en­sured that the vol­umes of cases that have come be­fore you have been lit­i­gated ap­ply­ing the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards.

“Your dis­tin­guished, re­spected, pres­ence in this Court will be sorely missed, and I know that I speak for all of my col­leagues when I say that you leave a very pos­i­tive, in­deli­ble mark in this court,” said Ms O’Boyle.

David Gil­varry BL paid trib­ute to her on be­half of the Mid­land Cir­cuit Bar and stated that she would be missed.

On be­half of the Courts Of­fice, Tri­ona Hever thanked Judge Flana­gan for her cour­tesy and co-op­er­a­tion.

Judge Doirbhle Flana­gan thanked ev­ery­one for their kind re­marks.

She stated that when she was ap­pointed as a Judge she was not as­signed to any Cir­cuit but six years ago when she was as­signed to Sligo she was de­lighted to get the op­por­tu­nity to work here.

She said that she has en­joyed her time in Sligo and that the le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers were al­ways very sup­port­ive and re­spect­ful of her.

At the con­clu­sion of the trib­utes, on be­half of Sligo Solic­i­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr Mon­a­han made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Judge Flana­gan of a print of Sligo Court­house.

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