Tributes are being paid today to the late District Court Judge Seamus Hughes.
The Mayo native was a member of the well know Hughes family of Westport and had served as a Fianna Fail councillor and TD before taking up his position on the bench in 2009.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin described him as a very calm, measured, and decent individual, and someone he had known well when he served with him in the Dail in the 90's.
Longford solicitor Brid Mimnagh said he was a fair minded individual who liked to give young people a second chance if he thought they merited it, but that he was not tolerant of assaults or abuse on ordinary people.
She said he was always able to see the 'bigger picture' and was someone who had cared about the reputation of the town and county.
He was good for Longford , and he considered how any incidents would affect the people of the town, and the people of the county.
I suppose it was the local TD coming out in him , and the local councillor , that he could see what was important for the people in the town, and in the county.
He was strict enough in regard to assaults and that type of thing, and he didn't like any abuse of privilege, or abuse of the ordinary people on the street.