Rickard Deasy

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Rickard Deasy PC (1812 – 6 May 1883) was an Irish lawyer and judge.

He was born at Phale Court, Enniskean, County Cork, the second son of Rickard Deasy, a wealthy brewer, and his wife Mary Anne Cotton. He was educated at the University of Dublin, where he graduated with a Doctorate of Law. He was called to the Irish Bar, and became Queen's Counsel.

He married Monica O'Connor and had three children, of whom two died young. His only surviving son was Henry Hugh Peter Deasy, soldier and writer, author of In Tibet and Chinese Turkestan , and founder of the Deasy Motor Car Company.

Deasy was elected as Member of Parliament for County Cork on 23 April 1855 in a by-election following Edmond Roche's elevation to the peerage.[1] He was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland in 1859 and then made Attorney-General for Ireland in 1860, being also appointed to the Irish Privy Council (on 21 February).[2] On the death of Richard Wilson Greene in 1861 Deasy was raised to the bench as a Baron of the Exchequer. He was appointed to the Irish Court of Appeal in 1878, and served on that court until his death in 1883.

His name is permanently associated with the Landlord and Tenant Law Amendment (Ireland) Act 1860, universally known as Deasy's Act, which as Attorney General he steered through Parliament.

Rickard's son, Captain Henry Deasy

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edmond Roche
Vincent Scully
Member of Parliament for County Cork
1855–1861
With: Vincent Scully 1855–1857
Alexander McCarthy 1857–1859
Vincent Scully 1859–1861
Succeeded by
Vincent Scully
Nicholas Philpot Leader
Legal offices
Preceded by
John George
Solicitor-General for Ireland
1859–1860
Succeeded by
Thomas O'Hagan
Preceded by
John FitzGerald
Attorney-General for Ireland
1860–1861
Succeeded by
Thomas O'Hagan