JUDGE Elizabeth MacGrath has been appointed to North Tipperary court district following the retirement of Judge Mary Martin.
Judge MacGrath, who is orginally from Nenagh, has been a visiting judge for the past five years and took up her role formally at Nenagh Court on Thursday, March 8.
She was welcomed to the court by Tom Kelly on behalf of the legal profession in North Tipperary.
“You are following in the footsteps of eminent people, including your fathter, as well as Judge Michael Reilly and Judge Mary Martin. You have a difficult task but I can assure you of the full co-operation of all the solicitors,” he said.
On the behalf of the Gardai, Supt Bob Noonan said he was delighted with the appointment and looked forward to working with Judge MacGrath.
Martin Hanton, chief court clerk, also welcomed Judge MacGrath and assured her of the co-operation of the court staff.
Judge MacGrath said she had visited 18 counties during her five years as a visiting judge and was “delighted and honoured to here in Tipperary. There has always been terrific co-operation here.”
However, she said that she will be looking at how court business is done after Easter and, following discussions, will examine how to get the best value out of the court’s time.
Judge MacGrath will also sit in Thurles.