Donal O'Donnell

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The Hon. Mr. Justice
Donal O'Donnell
Justice of the Supreme Court
Assumed office
10 March 2010
Nominated by Government of Ireland
Appointed by Mary McAleese
Personal details
Born Donal John O'Donnell
(1958-04-10) 10 April 1958 (age 59)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Spouse(s) Mary Rose Binchy (m. 1992)
Children 4
Education St. Mary's School
Alma mater

Donal John O'Donnell (born 10 April 1958) is an Irish judge who has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland since March 2010.[1]

He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was educated at St. Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Belfast, University College Dublin, King's Inns and the University of Virginia.

He was called to the Irish Bar in 1982, was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1989. He has practised in all courts in Ireland, and in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). He comes from a legal family, his father, The Rt. Hon Sir Turlough O'Donnell PC, was a member of the High Court of Northern Ireland and of the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland between 1971 and 1990.[2] His brother Turlough O'Donnell SC is former Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland.[3]

O'Donnell has been a member of the Law Reform Commission since 2005. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee on the Origins of the Constitution. He became a Bencher of the King's Inns in 2009 and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2010. Like Adrian Hardiman, he received the rare honour of being appointed directly from the Bar to Ireland's highest court.[4]


  1. ^ "Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell formally appointed to Supreme Court". The Irish Times. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "NI barrister joins Supreme Court". The Belfast Telegraph. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "O'Donnell takes Supreme Court seat". Irish Times. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Constitutional barrister appointed to Supreme Court". 20 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2016.