|Chief Justice of Ireland
Príomh-Bhreitheamh na hÉireann
|Member of||Council of State
|Nominator||Government of Ireland|
|Appointer||President of Ireland|
|First holder||Hugh Kennedy|
|No.||Name||Term of office||Nominated by||Appointed by||Notes|
|1.||Hugh Kennedy||1924||1936||W. T. Cosgrave (4th Dáil)||Timothy Healy||Died in office|
|2.||Timothy Sullivan||1936||1946||Éamon de Valera (8th Dáil)||Domhnall Ua Buachalla|
|3.||Conor Maguire||1946||1961||Éamon de Valera (12th Dáil)||Seán T. O'Kelly|
|4.||Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
|1961||1973||Seán Lemass (16th Dáil)||Éamon de Valera||Resigned on appointment to the European Court of Justice|
|5.||William FitzGerald||1973||1974||Jack Lynch (19th Dáil)||Éamon de Valera||Died in office|
|6.||Tom O'Higgins||1974||1985||Liam Cosgrave (20th Dáil)||Erskine H. Childers||Resigned on appointment to the European Court of Justice|
|7.||Thomas Finlay||1985||1994||Garret FitzGerald (24th Dáil)||Patrick Hillery|
|8.||Liam Hamilton||1994||2000||Albert Reynolds (27th Dáil)||Mary Robinson|
|9.||Ronan Keane||2000||2004||Bertie Ahern (28th Dáil)||Mary McAleese|
|10.||John L. Murray||2004||2011||Bertie Ahern (29th Dáil)||Mary McAleese|
|11.||Susan Denham||2011||2017||Enda Kenny (31st Dáil)||Mary McAleese||First woman Chief Justice|
|12.||Frank Clarke||2017||Incumbent||Leo Varadkar (32nd Dáil)||Michael D. Higgins|
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was created under the Courts of Justice Act 1924. Before 1924 the Lord Chancellor of Ireland was the highest judicial office in Ireland. The Supreme Court sits in the Four Courts. When the Supreme Court sits, as it mostly does, in two chambers, the second chamber sits in the Hugh Kennedy Court, named after the first Chief Justice.
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