Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

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Catherine McGuinness (born 14 November 1934), is a former President of the Law Reform Commission and a former judge of the Circuit Court 1994-1996 (the first woman to serve on the Court), justice of the High Court 1996-2000 and Supreme Court of Ireland 2000-2006. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and educated in Belfast and Dublin (Alexandra College, Trinity College Dublin and the King's Inns). She was called to the Irish bar in 1977. In 1989 she was called to the Inner Bar, and called to the Bar of New South Wales in 1993.

In 1979 she was elected as an independent candidate to Seanad √Čireann (the Irish Senate) at a by-election in the Dublin University constituency following the resignation of Conor Cruise O'Brien, taking her seat in the 14th Seanad. She was re-elected at the 1981 elections to the 15th Seanad, and in 1983 to the 17th Seanad, where she served until 1987.

In addition to her judicial career, McGuinness has served on An Bord Ucht√°la (the Adoption Board), the Voluntary Health Insurance Board, the National Economic and Social Council, the Second Commission on the Status of Women, and has chaired the National Social Services Board, the Board of National College of Art and Design, the Employment Equality Agency, the Kilkenny Incest Investigation, and the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation. She is currently the Chair of the Irish Universities Quality Board. She is also Chair of the , an initiative of the She has received honorary...
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