29/01/2009

High Court Judge Mourned

A high profile legal figure has died suddenly.

Mr Justice Kevin Haugh, the Chairman of the Gardá Ombudsman Commission, was 64.

He passed away at his home in Dublin this morning.

Mr Haugh, who was appointed to chair the Commission in February 2006, was educated at Castleknock College, UCD and Kings Inns.

He was called to the bar in 1966, became a senior counsel in 1983 and was appointed to the High Court in 2005.

"He oversaw the setting up of our office and ensured that the operation of the Commission and oversight of policing in our society was established on a professional, independent, accountable footing," said a statement mourning the loss from the Commission today.

"He took great care to ensure compliance with the law. The staff of the Gardá Síochána Ombudsman Commission is proud to have had him as chairman and is saddened by his death.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and many friends," said the statement.

(BMcC/JM)

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