President of the Law Society Michelle Ní Longáin has warmly congratulated Judge Síofra O’Leary on her election as President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
President Ní Longáin said: “On behalf of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland, I am delighted to congratulate Judge Síofra O’Leary on her historic appointment to the Office of President of the European Court of Human Rights.”
“The European Court of Human Rights has helped shape the Ireland we know today, playing a pivotal role in improving our personal rights and increasing access to justice.
“As we live through extraordinary times, the European Court of Human Rights is vital in the upholding of law across Europe, and in paving the way for increased access to justice for all."
“As the first woman to be elected to this position, Judge O’Leary will lead the shaping of the future of the European Court of Human Rights.
"It is very important for women at all levels in the legal profession in Ireland and internationally, and for society as a whole, to see the appointment of a woman judge to such an important role.”
“I wish Judge O’Leary every success as President of the European Court of Human Rights,” the Law Society President said.