Liam Hamilton

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Liam Hamilton (1928 – 29 November 2000) was an Irish lawyer and judge. He was educated at C.B.S. Mitchelstown, University College Dublin and King's Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1956 and to the Inner Bar in 1968.

He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1974, he became President of the High Court in 1985, and was Chief Justice of Ireland from 1994 to 2000. He was the sole member of a tribunal of inquiry established by the government in 1991 to investigate allegations of illegal activity, fraud and malpractice in the beef processing industry, known as the Beef Tribunal, which sat from 1991 to 1994.

On retirement as Chief Justice, he was appointed to the enquiry into the 1974 Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk bombings, but stepped down on health grounds. He died on 29 November 2000.[1]


  1. ^ "Former Chief Justices". Supreme Court of Ireland. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Finlay
Chief Justice of Ireland
Succeeded by
Ronan Keane