The late District Court Judge Denis McLoughlin

Shock at passing of District Court judge

The legal profession in District Number 5 covering Cavan and Monaghan have expressed their sadness at the passing of “a fair minded and impartial judge” as news broke of the death of sitting District Court Judge Denis McLoughlin.

His Honour Judge Paul Kelly, the President of the District Court, led the tribute to the recently deceased judge saying: “I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear that Judge Denis McLoughlin passed away suddenly this morning. He was wonderful colleague, and a friend to many of us in the District Court.”

The District Court president continued: “Quietly spoken, the epitome of courtesy, and compassionate, he was everything a good judge should be. He had a fine legal mind, and tempered his judgements with common sense and a deep understanding of the human condition.”

Judge Kelly spoke of Judge McLoughlin's many attributes: “He was always on hand to offer advice and guidance, especially to newly appointed colleagues, and he was great company on social occasions. He is a huge loss to the Judiciary, the District Court and to the people of Cavan and Monaghan, whom he served with diligence and skill.”

He concluded by saying: “Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with his wife Marie and their children, and his wider family, friends and colleagues. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”