TRIBUTES have been paid to Limerick woman Isobel Kennedy, who has been nominated as a High Court judge.
Originally from the city, Ms Kennedy was called to the bar in 1988 before being called to the Inner Bar in 2003. Her brother, Robert Kennedy, is a partner at law firm Holmes O’Malley Sexton.
With expertise in criminal and constitutional law, Ms Kennedy was a member of the Bar Council between 1995 and 1997 and also sat on the Barrister’s Professional Conduct Tribunal for five years.
Following the decision of the Government to nominate her to the bench, Circuit Court Judge Tom O’Donnell expressed his personal congratulations.
“As a Limerick person myself, I am delighted that one of our own has been elevated to such a high position. The Bar’s loss is the judiciary’s gain and I hope that she has a happy and fulfilling career,” he said.
Barrister John O’Sullivan commented that Ms Kennedy “has led a distinguished career in both prosecution and defence and was certainly a “trailblazing woman of the Bar at a time when there were very few women at the time of her starting”.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said he and his colleagues wished to be associated with the comments describing Ms Kennedy as “a barrister that has a certain touch to deal with difficult cases”.
Ms Kennedy will fill the vacancy which was created following the appointment of Mr Justice John Edwards to the Court of Appeal last month.