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Adjunct Professor Judge Michael Reilly (RIP)

Judge Michael Reilly

It is with the deepest regret that the School of Law learned of the passing of our Adjunct Professor, Judge Michael Reilly this weekend (26th November). Judge Reilly was an outstanding colleague, a very warm and caring person who was deeply committed to his work as Inspector of Prisons.  He was also keenly interested in hearing the views of law students, and recently presented an excellent lecture on entitled “Prisoners, Media and Society: The Inspector’s Perspective”. In his lecture, the Inspector explored the complex nature of the relationship between the media, public, prisoners and their families and reminded us of the importance of protecting the vulnerable in our society. The event was attended by members of the public, the Irish Prison Service, the Office of the Inspector of Prisons, solicitors, barristers, staff and students. Judge Reilly had served as in the District and Special Criminal courts, before being appointed as Inspector of Prisons in 2008. The School wishes to offer its deepest condolences to his family at this very difficult time for them.