Anthony J. Hederman

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Anthony Hederman
Judge of the Supreme Court
In office
1 July 1981 – 14 January 1993
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byPatrick Hillery
18th Attorney General of Ireland
In office
6 July 1977 – 29 June 1981
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Charles Haughey
Preceded byJohn M. Kelly
Succeeded byPeter Sutherland
Personal details
Anthony James Hederman

(1921-08-11)11 August 1921
Naas, County Kildare, Ireland
Died10 January 2014(2014-01-10) (aged 92)
Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
EducationCastleknock College
Alma mater

Anthony James Hederman (11 August 1921 – 10 January 2014) was an Irish judge and barrister who served as a Judge of the Supreme Court from 1981 to 1993 and Attorney General of Ireland from 1977 to 1981.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 11 August 1921 in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.[1] He was educated at Castleknock College, a private Roman Catholic boys' school in Castleknock, Dublin.[2] He went on to obtain an honours degree in legal and political science from University College Dublin.

Legal career[edit]

Hederman was called to the Bar in 1944.[3] He mainly undertook prosecutions and other State work.[1] He was Attorney General of Ireland from July 1977 to June 1981.[4] In 1981, he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland and served there until 1993. He was the sole dissenter in the X Case judgement. He was later appointed as the president of the Law Reform Commission.[5] He died in 2014. After his death the UCD Student Legal Service society named its annual moot court competition in honour of the late Mr Justice Hederman.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Justice Anthony Hederman". The Times. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. ^ O'Regan, Michael (15 January 2014). "Legal life of the late Anthony Hederman was 'a vocation'". Irish Times. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ Hand, Lise (15 January 2014). "Judge Anthony Hederman hailed as 'quiet hero' at funeral Mass". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Gallery of previous Attorneys General - 1954 to 1981". Office of the Attorney General. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Hederman's term extended". The Irish Times. 10 October 1997.
  6. ^ "HEDERMAN, Justice Anthony: Death notice". The Irish Times. 12 January 2014.
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Kelly
Attorney General of Ireland
Succeeded by
Peter Sutherland