Hugh Geoghegan

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Hugh Geoghegan
Judge of the Supreme Court
In office
8 March 2000 – May 2010
Nominated by Government of Ireland
Appointed by Mary McAleese
Judge of the High Court
In office
1992 – 8 March 2000
Nominated by Government of Ireland
Appointed by Mary Robinson
Personal details
Born 1938
Nationality Irish
Spouse(s) Mary Finlay Geoghegan
Alma mater King's Inns
Profession Judge, Barrister
Religion Roman Catholic

Hugh Geoghegan (born 1938) is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland of Ireland from 8 March 2000 [1], having been nominated by the Government of Ireland on 22 February 2000 until May 2010 when he retired.[2] He replaced Mr Justice Donal Barrington. Before appointment to the Supreme Court, Geoghegan had spent eight years as a judge of the High Court, being nominated to that position by the short-lived Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition.

Geoghegan has the special distinction of being the first son of a Supreme Court judge to follow in his father's footsteps. His father James Geoghegan was a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála representing Longford–Westmeath from 1930 to 1937 and Minister for Justice, Attorney General, and judge of the Supreme Court.

He is married to Mary Finlay Geoghegan who, in 2002, became the third female judge of the High Court of Ireland. They have three children. His father-in-law Thomas Finlay is a former Chief Justice (1985–1994).

In the 1980s, as a senior counsel Geoghegan served on the Circuit Court Rules Committee, along with future judicial colleague Michael Moriarty. [3] He also appeared before the tribunal of inquiry into the Stardust fire. [4] He is a former auditor and current vice-president of the UCD Law Society

Justice Geoghegan was appointed Honorary Adjunct Professor of Law in the Department of Law at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2011.