7 March 2016

It is with great sadness that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD has learned of the sudden death of Supreme Court judge The Hon Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman. The Minister said, “I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Judge Hardiman’s wife retired judge Yvonne Murphy and their three sons on their sudden and very sad loss. Mr Justice Hardiman was a fearless defender of the constitution and a man of extraordinary intellectual ability who made an enormous contribution during his career. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.”


Note for the editors:

The Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Hardiman


Born on 21 May 1951 in Dublin

Married to Yvonne Murphy (retired Circuit Court judge and chair of Commission of Investigation into Sexual Abuse) and they have three sons, Eoin, Hugh and Daniel.

Educated: Belvedere College Dublin 1959-1969

University College Dublin 1969 – 1972, graduating in history

King’s Inns 1971-1974


Called to the Bar 1974

Called to the Inner Bar 1989

Called to the English Bar 1988

Called to the Northern Ireland Bar 1991

Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court on 7 February 2000