The well-known judge Paul Carney has died at the age of 72.
The outspoken judge retired from the central criminal court in April, and was outspoken about his reluctance to retire, describing it as "a very black day". He had wanted to continue working.
Mr Carney was called to Bar in 1966 and to the Inner Bar in 1980. Appointed a judge of the High Court on April 30, 1991 and prior to retirement he was the most senior ordinary judge in the High Court and the presiding judge of its criminal division, the Central Criminal Court.
Over the course of his career he presided over more than a 100 murder and rape trials, some of them Ireland's most high profile and notorious cases, including those of Wayne O'Donoghue and sisters Charlotte and Linda Mulhall.
In a statement this afternoon the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said Mr Carney would be greatly missed.
The Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald said: ""I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Mr Justice Paul Carney’s wife and family on their very sad loss. Mr Justice Carney was a judge of exceptional ability who made a huge contribution to the High Court bench, in particular in presiding over many high profile criminal law trials.
"I know he will be greatly missed and sadly he did not get to enjoy the benefits of a long and well-deserved retirement."