Gemma McLoughlin-Burke BL

  • Junior Counsel: 2018

Law and Society (BCL), Barrister at Law degree (BL)

Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial/Chancery
  • Criminal
  • General Practice
  • Judicial Review
  • Children's Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Extradition Law
  • Human Rights
  • Inquests
  • Licensing
Gemma McLoughlin-Burke BL
Direct Professional Access:

  • Counsel to the Dublin Senior Coroner in the Stardust Fire Inquests (2021 to 2024)
  • Appeared as one of the counsel for the Appellant in the Supreme Court appeal in DPP v. Patrick Quirke
  • Special Criminal Court defence work: DPP v. Hamill & Anor (appeared for Mr Hamill), DPP v. Flynn & Treanor (appeared for Mr Flynn), DPP v. Cruise & Crosby (appeared for Mr Cruise), DPP v. Dowdall & Ors (appeared for Mr Dowdall)
  • Instructed on behalf of the Minister for Justice in extradition matters
  • Instructed on behalf of the Attorney General in various civil matters
  • Instructed on behalf of the DPP in documentary junior capacity in criminal matters
  • Other work includes general crime, licensing, children’s court matters, employment investigations

  • The Effect of Delay in Cases of Historic Child Sexual Abuse (2019) Irish Criminal Law Journal
  • “Automatic” Remission in Ireland: Time for Reconsideration? (2019) Irish Criminal Law Journal, cited in Price v. Gov of Wheatfield Prison [2020] IECA 345
  • One year on from MSD v Clonmel: a landmark case overlooked? Part 1 (2020) Irish Law Times
  • One year on from MSD v Clonmel: a landmark case overlooked? Part 2 (2020) Irish Law Times
  • Procedural Fairness and the “Dual Role” of the Special Criminal Court (2021) Irish Criminal Law Journal, reported
  • Evidence Update, Roundhall Annual Review of Irish Law, 2021 & 2022

  • Appeared before the Oireachtas Justice Committee in relation to the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2020
  • Appeared before the Oireachtas Justice Committee in relation to the Police Powers Bill 2021
  • Appeared as a guest on the Pat Kenny show and on the Law on Trial Business Post Podcast to discuss “Alternatives to the Special Criminal Court”

Voluntary Assistance Scheme Coordinator at the Bar of Ireland

Procedural Rights Fellow for Irish Council for Civil Liberties 2021, drafting the following submissions:

  • Submission to the LSRA on the Economic and other barriers facing early career barristers advocating for increased availability for grants to study at the King’s Inns, the collection and publication of data by the Bar Council on the ethnicity and socio-economic status of members, and an increase in Criminal Legal Aid fees.
  • Submission to the Offences Against the State Acts Review Group advocating for the abolition of the Special Criminal Court and the introduction of alternative measures for the protection of juries:
  • Submission to the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2020:

  • Frequently instructed to carry out research & advisory work for the Department of Justice
  • Former Editor & Content Contributor, Decisis Law Ireland
  • Legal advisor on research team commissioned by the Department of Justice to compile a report on the delays which arise in the processing of sexual offences
  • Mentor for the DCU Law mentorship programme

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085-750 2200
Law Library Four Courts Dublin 7
@Gemma McLoughlin-Burke

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