Colm Condon

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Colm Condon (16 July 1921 – 9 August 2008) was Attorney General of Ireland from 1965 until 1973. He served in office during the beginning of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s.

He was born in Ashbourne, County Meath, the third child of Thomas Condon, an accountant and Irish Republican Army (IRA) activist, who had taken part in the 1916 Easter Rising.[1] His mother was Margaret McGuire, a teacher in Ashbourne. Thomas Condon was also briefly a senator representing the Fianna Fáil party as well as having been a member of Meath County Council.[2]

Condon was educated at Terenure College in Dublin and subsequently at University College Dublin. He practised cases including those involving defamation and personal injury.

Condon was called to the Bar in 1944 and became a senior counsel in 1959. He was appointed as attorney general, serving under Taoiseach Seán Lemass. He remained in office under Lemass's successor, Jack Lynch. He argued on behalf of the State during the 1970 Arms Trial which involved future Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

In 1972 he helped draft legislation that set up the Special Criminal Court.

In 1997 Condon appeared before the Moriarty Tribunal in which he sided with Haughey challenging the powers of the tribunal.

Condon was married twice. He had two sons Colm and Eoin, and two daughters, Stephanie and Carolyn by his first marriage.[3]


  1. ^ The Independent, 28 August 2008 (retrieved on 20 October 2008)
  2. ^ TimesOnline, 28 August 2008 (retrieved 20 October 2008)
  3. ^ Meath Chronicle, 27 August 2008 (retrieved on 20 October 2008)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Aindrias Ó Caoimh
Attorney General of Ireland
Succeeded by
Declan Costello