Conor Maguire

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Conor Alexander Maguire (1889 – 26 September 1971) was an Irish politician, lawyer and judge.

Born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Maguire was educated at University College Dublin, where he was a founding member of the Legal and Economic Society (now known as the University College Dublin Law Society) in 1911.

He returned to Mayo where he practiced as a barrister and was instrumental in establishing Ireland's first working Republican Courts, which usurped the existing courts, and created a forum to try offenders, resolve grievances and adjudicate on land issues.[1]

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the National University of Ireland constituency at the 1932 general election and was re-elected at the 1933 general election.[2] He was appointed as Attorney General of the Irish Free State in March 1932.[3] In November 1936, he resigned as Attorney General and as a TD on his appointment as President of the High Court. In 1946, he was appointed as Chief Justice of Ireland, that is the president of the Supreme Court of Ireland, where he served until 1961.


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  2. ^ "Mr. Conor Maguire". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Conor Maguire". Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
John A. Costello
Attorney General of Ireland
Succeeded by
James Geoghegan
Preceded by
Timothy Sullivan
Chief Justice of Ireland
Succeeded by
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh