Dermot Gleeson

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Person.png Dermot Gleeson  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, businessman)
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Born12 November 1949
Cork, Ireland
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
SpouseHarriet Collins
Member ofTrilateral Commission
PartyFine Gael
Attorney General of Ireland, 8 time visitor to the Bilderberg

Employment.png Attorney General of Ireland Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
15 December 1994 - 26 June 1997
Succeeded byDavid Byrne

Dermot Gleeson is an Irish barrister and Bilderberger who was the Attorney General of Ireland from 1994 to 1997.


Educated in Blackrock College, Dublin and University College, Dublin. Gleeson holds B.A. and LL.M degrees and qualified as a barrister at the King's Inns, Dublin. His father was a barrister and was later appointed a Circuit Court Judge, and two of his brothers are also barristers. Gleeson was called to the Irish bar in 1970 and first practised law on the Cork Circuit, away from Dublin, Ireland's main legal centre. In the early 1970s Gleeson was a part-time lecturer in Constitutional Law at University College Cork.


Gleeson moved to Dublin when he was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1979, at age 30. He is believed to be the youngest 'silk' appointed in the common law world in the last century, beating noted counsel such as the Australian QC Tony Morriss, who was made a silk at 32.[citation needed]

Gleeson was a leading barrister in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s before he became a senior government advisor and then a businessman. From 1994–1997, Gleeson was Attorney General of Ireland, serving as chief legal advisor to the government of Taoiseach John Bruton. Gleeson is a Bencher of King's Inns. He is also a visiting fellow at the School of Law at University College, Dublin.

Martin McGuinness was represented by Dermot Gleeson. [1]

In more recent years Gleeson became known for his business career. In 2000, he joined the board of Independent News and Media Plc as a non-executive director and in 2003, he was appointed Chairman of Ireland's largest bank Allied Irish Banks. His time in charge of AIB Group coincided with the Global Financial Crisis, which resulted in the enormous drops in its share price, leading to the infamous 'egging' incident at AIB Group's May 2009 shareholder's meeting.[2] In 2003, Gleeson was appointed ombudsman for the Diamond Trading Company (DTC), the marketing offshoot of diamond mining giant De Beers. In 2007, he was appointed chairman of the Governing Body of University College, Cork.

Gleeson is a former Auditor of the Literary and Historical Society, University College Dublin, and winner of the Irish Times National Debating Championship.

He currently resides in Dublin. He is married and has four children.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
The 52nd such meeting. 126 recorded guests
Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
The 53rd Bilderberg, 132 guests
Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
The 56th Bilderberg, Chantilly, Virginia, 139 guests
Bilderberg/200914 May 200917 May 2009Greece
The 57th Bilderberg
WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004World Economic Forum
2068 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.
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