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Government Grants Admission to Inner Bar

The Government has approved the granting of Patents of Precedence and the title of Senior Counsel to the following barristers and solicitors:




Nuala Egan

Deborah Spence

Jane Hyland

Terence McCrann

Michael O'Connor

Sinead Kearney

Elva Duffy

Aisling Gannon

Michael Hourican

Helen Kelly

Sinead McGrath

Alastair Purdy

Garrett Baker


Leesha O'Driscoll


Gerardine Small


Fiona O'Sullivan


Mellissa English


Lorna Lynch


Jennifer O'Connell


Padraic Lyons


Bairbre O'Neill


Sara Antoniotti


Joe Jeffers


Tony McGillicuddy


Reg Jackson


Imogen McGrath


Mairead McKenna


Ailbhe O'Neill


Moira Flahive


Glen Gibbons


Gerard Meehan


Daniel Cronin


David Leahy


Garvan Corkery



Patents of Precedence are granted under the terms of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 by the Government, on the advice of the Advisory Committee on the grant of Patents of Precedence.  The Advisory Committee consists of the Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal, the President of the High Court, the Attorney General, the Chairperson of the Bar Council, the President of the Law Society and a lay member of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority nominated by the Minister for Justice.