She is the daughter of former chief justice and one-time Fine Gael politician Thomas Finlay, and in 2002 she became the third female judge appointed to the High Court of Ireland.
In 2010, she was on the panel of 17 judges on the European Court of Human Rights, and sided with the majority view when it ruled Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper care in life-threatening cases.
In July, she presided over case in which Treasury Holdings lost a challenge to Nama’s decision to call in about €1bn of loans and appoint receivers.
Amendment is a step in the right direction
Culture change ahead on rights
Proposal ‘a second chance’ for vulnerable youngsters
Proposed wording ‘more robust’ than past versions
Geoghegan appointed as commission’s chair