The Government tonight named a series of new judicial appointments.
Justice Fidelma Macken, currently a judge of the High Court will become a judge of the Supreme Court.
Justice Macken served on the Court of Justice of the European Communities from 1999 to 2004. She was subsequently appointed to the High Court on October 18, 2004.
Judge Matthew Deery, currently an ordinary judge of the Circuit Court, is to be the new President of the Circuit Court.
Judge Miriam Malone, currently an ordinary judge of the District Court, to be appointed as the new President of the District Court upon the retirement of Judge Smithwick to chair the Tribunal of Inquiry into the fatal shootings of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and RUC Superintendent Robert Buchanan in 1989.
Solicitor Brian Joseph Sheridan is to be a judge of the District Court, permanently assigned to the Dublin Metropolitan Area to fill the vacancy which will be created by Judge Smithwick's retirement.
Solicitor Aeneas Joseph McCarthy is to become an unassigned judge of the District Court.
The Government also decided to permanently assign, with his consent, Judge Terence Finn to District 21 (South Tipperary / West Waterford). Judge Finn is currently an unassigned judge of the District Court.