The Attorney General, Rossa Fanning SC was appointed on the 17th of December 2022. He is the legal adviser to the Government and is therefore the chief law officer of the State.
Rossa Fanning was appointed as Attorney General of Ireland on 17 December 2022. In that role, he attends Cabinet as the legal adviser to the Government and the chief law officer of the State. Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, he was a Senior Counsel in private practice at the Irish Bar with a varied caseload spanning commercial law, public law and judicial review, professional negligence, product liability, defamation and privacy law. Whilst in private practice, he appeared by invitation as a legal expert before the Oireachtas Select Committee on Jobs, Social Protection & Education, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution and the Convention on the Constitution. He attended University College Dublin where he served as Auditor of the UCD Law Society. He graduated with a First Class Honours BCL degree in 1997 and was awarded the Swift McNeill Memorial Prize, finishing in first place. He was awarded a Postgraduate Research Scholarship by UCD, completing a thesis in the field of civil procedure for which he was awarded an LL.M with First Class Honours. He was called to the Irish Bar in 1999 after graduating from King's Inns in first place as the John Brooke Scholar. He was awarded the Christina Murphy Memorial Trophy as the individual winner of The Irish Times Debate in the same year. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a University Fellowship to pursue an LL.M at the University of Michigan where he graduated from in 2000. He was a college lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law in UCD between 2001 and 2009, lecturing in the fields of Constitutional law and Company law. A CEDR Accredited Mediator, he became a Senior Counsel in 2016 and was admitted to Bar of Northern Ireland in 2019. He is a bencher and ex officio Council Member of the Honorable Society of King's Inns, a Member of the General Council of the Bar of Ireland and a Vice-President of the Irish Centre for European Law.