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The Minister with Responsibility for Defence Mr. Paul Kehoe, welcomes the Government’s decision to recommend that Mr. Justice Alan Mahon be appointed by the President as Ombudsman for the Defence Forces

The Government today decided to recommend Mr. Justice Alan Mahon for appointment by the President as the new Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, for a three year period with effect from 6th July 2018. Mr. Justice Mahon was recommended following an open competition run by the Public Appointments Service. Mr. Justice Mahon will be resigning as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to take up the position, which is a non-judicial position.

Minister Kehoe commented

“I would like to congratulate Mr. Justice Mahon and wish him every success in his future role as Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. No doubt Mr. Justice Mahon will bring to bear his wisdom and extensive legal experience in fulfilling the role over the three year term of his appointment.”

Mr. Justice Mahon was called to the Bar in 1976 and to the Inner Bar in 1988. He was appointed as a judge of the Circuit Court in April 2002 and was appointed as a Member of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments in September 2002. In July 2003 he was appointed as Chairperson of the Tribunal. In October 2014 he was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal.