Mary Finlay Geoghegan

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Mary Finlay Geoghegan
Judge of the Supreme Court
In office
1 December 2017 – 16 June 2019
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMichael D. Higgins
Judge of the Court of Appeal
In office
24 October 2014 – 10 November 2017
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMichael D. Higgins
Judge of the High Court
In office
21 June 2002 – 24 October 2014
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byMary McAleese
Personal details
Mary Anne Finlay

(1949-05-10) 10 May 1949 (age 70)
Naas, County Kildare, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Hugh Geoghegan (m. 1981)
Alma mater

Mary Anne Finlay Geoghegan (née Finlay; born 5 May 1949) is a retired Irish judge who served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland from 2017 to 2019, a Judge of the Court of Appeal from 2014 to 2017 and a Judge of the High Court from 2002 to 2014.[1]

On 7 November 2017, the Government of Ireland nominated her for appointment by the President of Ireland to the Supreme Court.[2] She was appointed by the President on 1 December 2017.[3]

She studied a BA in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics in University College Dublin. She was also educated at the College of Europe, Bruges and the Law Society of Ireland.[4] She was admitted as a Solicitor in 1973, called to the Bar in 1980 and became a Senior Counsel in 1988. She was appointed to the High Court in 2002 and she was assigned to the Commercial list in 2004. She was in charge of the Examiners Court list and The Hague Convention on Child Abduction list.[5]

She served as chairperson of the Referendum Commission for the 31st Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland.[1]

She is a member of a legal family, her father, Thomas Finlay was Chief Justice of Ireland and a Judge of the Supreme Court.[1] Her grandfather Thomas Finlay and uncle William Finlay both served as Governor of the Bank of Ireland. Both her brothers were Senior Counsel. Her uncle John Blayney was a Judge of the Supreme Court. She married Hugh Geoghegan, who was also a Judge of the High Court and later a Judge of the Supreme Court, who was himself the son of a Supreme Court Judge James Geoghegan. Finlay Geoghegan and Geoghegan have three children.[1]

Finlay Geoghegan announced she would retire as a judge on 16 June 2019.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Carolan, Mary (6 June 2019). "Courts need more resources to administer justice, judge warns". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Appointments to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and to the High Court". Irish Government New Service. 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ "President appoints new judges". official website of the President of Ireland. 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ "2018 Supreme Court Annual Report" (PDF). Supreme Court. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Appointments to the Court of Appeal". Department of the Taoiseach. 29 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Justice Finlay Geoghegan to retire from Supreme Court". Law Society Gazette. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.

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