The High Court judge, Mr Hugh Geoghegan, is to be a new judge of the Supreme Court. He replaces Mr Justice Donal Barrington, who has retired. Mr Justice Geoghegan's nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Cabinet this afternoon.

61-year-old Mr Justice Hugh Geoghegan was appointed a judge 1992 by the Fianna Fail/Labour coalition and has become one of the top performers in the High Court. He has the unique distinction of being the first son of a Supreme Court judge to follow in his father's footsteps. His late father James Geoghegan served as a Minister for Justice and Attorney General as well as Supreme Court judge. His father in law is former Chief Justice Thomas Finlay.

Mr Justice Geoghegan is a sharp and incisive judge regularly challenging lawyers appearing before him. He has given judgements in the challenge by Charles Haughey and members of his family to the Moriarty Tribunal and most recently found part of the Aliens Act unconstitutional. He is married to senior counsel Mary Finlay and they have three children.

Mr Justice Declan Budd has been appointed as the new president of the Law Reform Commission. He was appointed by the government today for a five year period. Mr Justice Budd succeeds Mr Justice Vivian Lavan who has resumed duty in the High Court.