Hugh Geoghegan

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Hugh Geoghegan
Judge of the Supreme Court
In office
8 March 2000 – 1 May 2010
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMary McAleese
Judge of the High Court
In office
3 March 1992 – 8 March 2000
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMary Robinson
Personal details
Born (1938-01-24) 24 January 1938 (age 81)
Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Mary Finlay Geoghegan (m. 1981)
Alma mater

Hugh Geoghegan (born 16 May 1938) is a retired Irish judge who served as a judge of the Supreme Court from 2000 to 2010 and a Judge of the High Court from 1992 to 2000.[1] [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 a 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.