Foster and O’Neill express sympathy following death of Lord Brian Kerr

Date published: 01 December 2020

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have expressed their sympathy following the death of former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Brian Kerr.


First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I was very saddened to hear of the untimely death of Lord Brian Kerr of Tonaghmore. A fine lawyer, Brian had a long and distinguished judicial career. As Lord Chief Justice of  Northern Ireland he established himself before becoming one of the first Justices to be appointed to the newly created United Kingdom’s Supreme Court.

“He remained deeply proud of his Lurgan roots, of his alma mater, the Queen’s University of Belfast and of his many friends in the legal fraternity. I extend my sincere condolences to his family.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “I was sad to learn of the sudden passing of Lord Brian Kerr. Brian made a significant contribution to the judicial system throughout his lengthy career. He served our courts for many years and carried out the role of Lord Chief Justice before his appointment to the Supreme Court.

“My thoughts are with Brian’s family and former colleagues and I offer them my condolences at this very sad time.”

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