Supreme Court Visit to University of Galway 4 to 6 March, 2019

Supreme Court visit

Be A Part Of History

Legal history will be made when the highest court in Ireland, the Supreme Court, sits in the Aula Maxima, University of Galway from 4 to 6 March 2019.

This will be the first time that the Supreme Court will sit outside of a courthouse since it returned to the Four Courts in 1932, the first time it sits in Galway and only the third time the court will sit outside of Dublin. Read more > The Supreme Court of Ireland

The Court will hear two cases while sitting in Galway, one of which will be an appeal against the decision of An Bord Pleanála to approve the first phase of an €850 million Apple data centre in Athenry. Please see for further information.

The School of Law at University of Galway is honoured to host this landmark occasion and will run a series of events on campus such as student seminars and a public event.  The School of Law will also co-host a CPD event with the Galway Solicitors’ Bar Association.

The judges of the Supreme Court will participate in these events as part of their commitment to outreach and engagement with the local community and law students.  The events provide an unique opportunity to gain an insight into our legal system.

Download the booklet here: Supreme Court Visit to University of Galway

Monday, 4 March, 2019

  • Welcome and overview of Supreme Court sittings by the Chief Justice
  • Sitting of Supreme Court (10.45am-1pm, Aula Maxima, no sitting in the afternoon) - 167/17 Promontoria (Oyster) Designated Activity Company v Hannon
  • Galway Solicitors’ Bar Association and University of Galway School of Law, CPD Event : “The Common Law post-Brexit”

Tuesday, 5 March, 2019

  • Sitting of Supreme Court (10am-10.30am, Aula Maxima, no sitting in the afternoon) - 91/17 O'Brien v Clerk of Dail Eireann & ors

See for a background to this case.

  • Public Event: “Women on Supreme Courts”

Time:  6pm     Venue:  Lecture Theatre, Human Biology Building, University of Galway - Register via ** FULL **

The School of Law will host a public event, entitled “Women on Supreme Courts”, to mark the visit of the Supreme Court to University of Galway and International Women’s Day on 8 March.  The panel discussion will focus on the contribution of women to judiciary in the superior courts.  Speakers include: Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, former Supreme Court Judge Mrs Justice Matilda Twomey, Chief Justice of Seychelles and University of Galway School of Law graduate, Mr Justice John MacMenamin and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne.

Wednesday, 6 March, 2019

  • Sitting of Supreme Court (11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm, Aula Maxima) - 157/17 Fitzpatrick & anor v An Bord Pleanala & ors

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