John Blayney

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John Blayney

Judge of the Supreme Court
In office
9 January 1992 – 21 March 1997
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMary Robinson
Judge of the High Court
In office
24 July 1973 – 8 January 1992
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byCearbhall Ó Dálaigh
Personal details
John Joseph Blayney

(1925-03-13)13 March 1925
Dublin, Ireland
Died17 June 2018(2018-06-17) (aged 93)
Dublin, Ireland
Bernadette Boullier
(m. 1953; death 2018)
Alma mater

John Joseph Blayney (13 March 1925 – 17 June 2018)[1][2] was an Irish rugby player, barrister, and judge who served a Judge of the Supreme Court from 1992 to 1997 and a Judge of the High Court from 1973 to 1992.[3]

John Blayney was the son of Alexander Joseph Blayney, who was a prominent Dublin surgeon at Mater Hospital.[4]

On 12 December 1991, he was nominated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland by Taoiseach Charles Haughey. On the 9 January 1992, he was appointed to the position by President Mary Robinson.[5] Upon retirement from a long legal career, his position on the bench was filled by Justice Henry Denis Barron.[6] During his retirement, he acted as chairman to the Blayney Inquiry into the "professional and business conduct" of a number of major Irish accountants and accounting firms.[7][8]

Blayney has, on several occasions, sat on the bench for the European Court of Human Rights.[9][10]

Blayney played rugby union for Ireland, earning one cap in 1950 after running a 40-yard try against the Scottish side.[11][12][13]


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  12. ^ Weight Loss (1998-03-28). "Court to clear way for trawl at NIB – National News". Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  13. ^ "Judge who stayed in public eye". Retrieved 20 June 2018.