George Birmingham

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The Hon. Mr. Justice
George Birmingham
Judge of the Court of Appeal
Assumed office
October 2014
Nominated by Government of Ireland
Appointed by Michael D. Higgins
Personal details
Born 1954
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin, King's Inns
Occupation Barrister
This article is about the Irish judge and politician. For the Irish novelist, see George A. Birmingham.

George Martin Birmingham (born 3 August 1954) is a judge of the Court of Appeal and former Irish Fine Gael politician.[1]

George Birmingham was born in Dublin in 1954. He was educated at St. Paul's College, Trinity College, Dublin and King's Inns where he qualified as a barrister. He first became involved in politics in 1979 when he became a member of Dublin City Council. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1981 general election as Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North–Central constituency.[2] Between 1982 and 1986 he served as a Minister of State under Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald at the Departments of Education, Labour and Foreign Affairs. The party lost power in 1987 and Birmingham lost his Dáil seat at the 1989 general election. Between 1989 and 2007 he worked as a barrister, becoming a Senior Counsel in 1999. On 3 May 2007, it was announced that he had been selected to become a High Court judge. In October 2014, he became a judge of the Court of Appeal.[3]

Birmingham was the sole member of the Commission of Investigation into the Dean Lyons case.[4]


  1. ^ "Mr. George Birmingham". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "George Birmingham". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Appointments to the Court of Appeal". Department of the Taoiseach. 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dean Lyons Commission of Investigation". Department of Justice and Law Reform. Retrieved 6 June 2010.