Retired District Court Judge John F. Neelan passes away

The death of retired District Judge John F. Nilen is done.

His family said the former judge died peacefully at their home Buddhist Monastery Street, downtown Roscommon, on Wednesday.

judge nilano Retired from the District Court Bench in 2010. He was appointed a court judge in the 1980s and sat primarily in the Midlands counties of Longford, Westmeath and Offaly.

He comes from a family steeped in law. His father was a former state solicitor for John Roscommon, as was his grandfather.

his sister Elaine, who had died before him, was previously married Fianna Fail Minister and EU Commissioner Ray McSharey.

Judge Neelan attracted controversy on several occasions, including in 2004, after he publicly threatened to send all drunk drivers who appeared to prison with then-Justice Minister Michael McDowell for a week. had clashed.

When the minster drew the judge’s attention to the constitutional right to bail unless specific grounds could be established for its denial, the judge threatened to withdraw from hearing drink driving cases for six months, which What he described as the minster’s efforts to “intimidate and intimidate”. humiliated” his court.


He was criticized by anti-racism campaigners after questioning the use of public funds for the use of interpreters in court for defendants. He also apologized for warning “people of color” that they could be banned from shopping centers if they didn’t stop.

He attracted the ire of the Courts Service, which was described as “just unacceptable” remarks made by him in 2008 to regularize his court sitting hours.

During a family law case in 2009, he was unintentionally shot with a bullet gun while a lawyer was displaying it as evidence.

Judge Neelan is survived by his wife Peggy, daughters Gillian and sons Jonathan and Jevon, their respective partners Damien, Deirdre and Amanda, five grandchildren, sisters Ann and Bridget, brothers William and Gerard, and extended family.

The eviction will take place on Saturday morning from his home at Sacred Heart Church, Roskomn, where he will be cremated, followed by his last rites at St. Koman’s cemetery.

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