THE GOVERNMENT has nominated three new District Court judges for appointment by President Mary McAleese to replace three who retired earlier this year.
Solicitors Michael Coghlan of Coghlan and McNally, based in Kimmage, Dublin; Patrick Durcan, Westport, Co Mayo, and Gráinne Malone, who practises in Tallaght, Dublin, are replacing Judge William Hartnett, Judge Tom O’Donnell and Judge Michael Patwell, who have retired.
Mr Coghlan graduated from Trinity College in 1973 and qualified as a solicitor in 1978.
He was an election agent for Labour MEP Nessa Childers in the 2009 European elections.
Mr Durcan graduated from UCD in 1971 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1973. He obtained a diploma in canon law in 2010.
Mr Durcan was on Mayo County Council for Fine Gael from 1979 to 2004 and was the taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad from 1983 to 1987, when Garret FitzGerald was taoiseach.
Ms Malone graduated from UCD in 1987 and from DIT in 1989. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 and was principal of Gráinne Malone Co until 2007, when her practice joined another to become Malone Hennessy
She is a sister of former lord mayor of Dublin, Labour councillor Emer Costello who is married to Labour TD Joe Costello, and a sister of Labour Senator Mary Moran. She is married to Irish Times soccer correspondent, Emmet Malone.
Three new district court judges: One Labour election agent, a Fine Gael Councillor and a Labour family member.