Séamus Woulfe

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Person.png Séamus Woulfe  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, judge)
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Alma materTrinity College Dublin, Dalhousie University
Irish Attorney General and Supreme Court Judge

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In office
14 June 2017 - Present

Séamus Philip Woulfe is an Irish judge and lawyer who has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland since July 2020. He was previously Attorney General of Ireland from 2017 to 2020. Prior to holding public office, he was a barrister with a practice in the areas of commercial and public law.

Early life

He studied law at Trinity College Dublin and Dalhousie University before becoming a barrister in 1987. He acted in cases before Irish and European courts, was a legal assessor at professional misconduct tribunals and lectured in law.[1]


He became Attorney General in June 2017 in the Fine Gael minority government. During his tenure in office, he advised on the referendum to replace the Eighth Amendment, the constitutionality of the Occupied Territories Bill and legislation related to the COVID-19 deep event. He was succeeded by Paul Gallagher in June 2020 on the formation of a new government.

Woulfe was appointed a Supreme Court judge in July 2020. In August 2020, he attended a dinner of the Oireachtas Golf Society in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdowns[2], which led to the Supreme Court asking former Chief Justice Susan Denham to produce a report on his attendance. Following the publication of the report and ensuing public controversy, the Chief Justice Frank Clarke wrote to Woulfe in November 2020. He said that in his view Woulfe should resign and that all members of the Supreme Court believed he had caused "significant and irreparable" damage to the Supreme Court. Woulfe disagreed with this allegation and declined to resign. Woulfe began hearing cases in February 2021. In February 2022, four persons attending were acquitted of breaching the regulations in force at a criminal trial[3].


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