NI Attorney General launches two IMC editions - 04/03/2016
Last night Mr John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland, launched two recently published IMC editions - Early Stuart Irish warrants, 1623-1639 and The acts of James II's Irish parliament of 1689. The audience, which included members of the judiciary, heard Mr Larkin praise the scholarly work of the editors Dr Mark Empey, Dr John Bergin and Dr Andrew Lyall (the latter could not be present) in bringing these texts into print. Echoing the words of a former legal mentor he emphasised the importance of reading statutes when interpreting the law and described how these editions would now enhance our understanding of the operation of statutes in the seventeenth century. The editors responded with gratitude to Mr Larkin's analysis of their editions and they outlined the genesis of their work and the journey in bringing it to publication. To the pleasure of the audience Mr Larkin praised the work of IMC, including its Administrator Dr Cathy Hayes and its Chairman James McGuire, in publishing primary sources to such high standards in a time of economic austerity, work he said which was nothing short of miraculous.