Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesman Dara Calleary TD has expressed his sadness at the death of Mr Justice Vivian Lavan and paid tribute to what he described as “a life-long commitment to public service and the rule of law.”

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Justice Lavan’s passing.  He was held in extremely high regard in public life and within the legal profession which he served for over two decades.”

“Justice Lavan left a lasting legacy on the legal landscape of Ireland, having been one of four founders of the Free Legal Aid Centres in 1969.  His commitment to ensure members of the public had increased access to legal protection and knowledge of the law helped mould a more open and inclusive justice system.

“Mr. Justice Lavan, who retired from the High Court just three months, was extremely committed to the legal profession and was keen to encourage newly trained professionals embarking on a career in law.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Una, his four children, two grandchildren and his colleagues.

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam”.