|The Hon. Miss Justice
|Justice of the Supreme Court|
27 July 2013
|Nominated by||Government of Ireland|
|Appointed by||Michael D. Higgins|
|Chair of the Citizens' Assembly|
27 July 2016
|Appointed by||Enda Kenny|
|Preceded by||position established|
|Born||Mary Eleanor Laffoy
17 June 1945
Tuam, Galway, Ireland
She is most notable for presiding over the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse from 1999–2003, an inquiry into child abuse. Her decision to resign as chair before the commission completed its report was controversial. In her letter of resignation from the commission of 2 September 2003, Laffoy outlined her belief that the actions of the Government and the Department of Education had frustrated her efforts and had slowed the commission's work. She felt that: "...the cumulative effect of those factors effectively negated the guarantee of independence conferred on the Commission and militated against it being able to perform its statutory functions." The commission was chaired from 2003–09 by judge Seán Ryan.
Laffoy was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ireland in July 2013.
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