Longford solicitor Deirdre Gearty has been appointed a District Court judge.
The Government nominated her for appointment by the President of the District Court following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Messages of congratulations were conveyed to Ms Gearty, who was educated at UCD and the Law Society of Ireland, during Tuesday’s sitting of Longford District Court.
The vacancy arose from the retirement of Judge Patrick McMahon and the Government has formally advised President Michael D Higgins of Ms Gearty’s nomination in accordance with constitutional procedure.
Born in 1960, she has been practising as a solicitor with FJ Gearty & Co, Longford since 1983. She practises mainly in Family Law, Litigation, Probate and Conveyancing.
Ms Gearty has been a member of the Free Legal Aid Centre since 1995 and in 2010 she became an Accredited Mediator.
She served as Chairperson of the Board of Management of St Brigid’s FAS Training Centre, Ardagh from 1997 to 2010 and as a member and Chairperson of the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire, National School, Newtownforbes from 2001 to date.