William FitzGerald (Irish judge)

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William FitzGerald
5th Chief Justice of Ireland
In office
25 September 1973 – 14 October 1974
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byÉamon de Valera
Preceded byCearbhall Ó Dálaigh
Succeeded byTom O'Higgins
Judge of the Supreme Court
In office
12 May 1966 – 17 October 1974
Nominated byGovernment of Ireland
Appointed byÉamon de Valera
Personal details
Born
William O'Brien FitzGerald

(1906-01-04)4 January 1906
Cork, Ireland
Died17 October 1974(1974-10-17) (aged 68)
Dublin, Ireland
Resting placeGlasnevin Cemetery,
Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Meave Quinn (m. 1928; d. 1974)
Children3
EducationBelvedere College
Alma materKing's Inn

William O'Brien FitzGerald (4 January 1906 – 17 October 1974) was an Irish lawyer, judge and barrister who served as Chief Justice of Ireland from 1973 to 1974 and a Judge of the Supreme Court from 1966 to 1974.[1]

He was born in Cork in 1906, and was educated in Belvedere College, Dublin, and King's Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1927 and to the Inner Bar in 1944. He was appointed directly to the Supreme Court of Ireland in 1966 and on the retirement of Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh. In 1972, he became Chief Justice of Ireland. He had a relatively brief tenure as Chief Justice and died suddenly on 17 October 1974.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Chief Justices". Supreme Court of Ireland. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
Chief Justice of Ireland
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Tom O'Higgins