Awful conduct of Ballaghaderreen solicitor-well connected in Church,Politics etc


Ardillaun

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In cases such as this, the solicitors concerned are struck off long before they’re tried for a crime.
What sort of QA procedures are in place to detect improper conduct? How many cases are reviewed a year and is there any process of random review and review of cases where there has been an expression of concern? Surveillance and enforcement have to be toughened up - that much is clear.
 

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It's very very complicated to get struck off. In this case we see that the solicitor was already up to no good decades ago. And let continue. Like that's a red rag.

But not only that, I'm amazed that it's not a crime that should mean jail time. And I bet we don't know the half of it. What else was covered over, people dead, estates long distributed etc.
You’d think that every single case this person was ever involved with would be under review as a matter of urgency.
 

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You’d think that every single case this person was ever involved with would be under review as a matter of urgency.
Yes he was red fagged 20 years ago, & was supposed to be acting "under supervision" lol
 

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One would have thought someone who was a solicitor and involved with FF would be a red flag anywhere.
 

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not sure if thats correct,as such striking off prejudges the case ?
Hasn’t to date.

Lynn was struck off long before being extradited home.

Thomas Byrne was struck off in 2008 and only tried in 2012.

Sticking off is a civil procedure whereas criminal proceedings are entirely separate.
 

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What sort of QA procedures are in place to detect improper conduct? How many cases are reviewed a year and is there any process of random review and review of cases where there has been an expression of concern? Surveillance and enforcement have to be toughened up - that much is clear.
There’s a complaints process and solicitors have to produce audited accounts each year and can be subject to further audit by the Law Society
 

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stanley

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It gets better:

Deficit on suspended Roscommon solicitor’s client account may exceed €600,000

It may be necessary to call Mr O’ Callaghan and the current joint managers of the Pound Street practice, Mr Steen and Aoife O’Callaghan, a daughter of Mr O’Callaghan, before the committee to address matters in the report, she said.

Mr O’Callaghan’s case was back before the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, on Monday, for an update.


So O'Callaghan's daugher is also a solicitor and she is now a manager of the solicitors practice. I wonder is Mr. Steen also related somehow.



Declan is doing his level best to pay off all deficits so there will be no criminal proceedings against him, he will be back in before Judge Kelly in 3 weeks, hopefully Kelly will then have sorted matters out and will put the boot in to Declan, who really sounds like a proper FF toerag.


If one looks at the Twitter account, lovely pics of Declan and his daughters and a press cutting of them defending a FF Councillor against "Ming" Flanagan.
 

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There’s a complaints process and solicitors have to produce audited accounts each year and can be subject to further audit by the Law Society
In England a solicitor's accounts and a random selection of case files are examined on site by auditors sent in by whatever insurance firm is providing the mandatory Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII).

I gather there's a mass of regulations about a solicitors'accounts; especially client accounts.

And they're very strictly enforced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

For example, look at this. SRA | Dar, Shohaab - 26337 | Solicitors Regulation Authority
- and that man 's career will now forever be restricted by the need of any employer to get the mandatory insurance.
 
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Suspended solicitor, judge told - Independent.ie


"Mr Justice Peter Kelly made the comment after being told of concerns that the deficit on the client account of Declan O'Callaghan's practice in Ballaghaderreen may exceed €500,000.

In his ruling, Mr Justice Kelly said it was "very disquieting" the €144,000 was still not lodged. He said he would adjourn the matter to December 19 and directed the €144,000 be lodged".


Justice Kelly goes easy on DO'C again, other claims not listed above must be getting sorted out and better to have him on the outside working to reduce the deficit than educating fellow criminals in jail.
 

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'very disquieting'. Those wouldn't be the words I'd use if any of my family had money as a client with this solicitor.
 

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I'd suggest the judge should be more concerned about what this case says about regulation and oversight of the legal profession in Ireland.

And that would be more than 'disquieting'.
 

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'very disquieting'. Those wouldn't be the words I'd use if any of my family had money as a client with this solicitor.


Imagine you were a client of this practice and you had a complaint about fees charged and deducted from your account, so in you go and you have to meet with one of his 2 daughters, it's a joke, they should not be there.
 

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There's a cosiness about this case that should be of concern to the public. If a Joe or Mary Soap had failed to carry out a directive of a court, he/she would be behind bars fairly quickly.
 

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There's a cosiness about this case that should be of concern to the public. If a Joe or Mary Soap had failed to carry out a directive of a court, he/she would be behind bars fairly quickly.

Matters on which complaints have been made are the only ones been "investigated" bt the Law Society, everything this bustard has done since his last investigation needs to be examined by a forensic accountant and the taxing master.

Little doubt he is a sharp lad and has accumulated assets beyond the norm who knows what might be listed in other family member's names or hidden behind limited companies in offshore accounts,

Justice Kelly should open the floodgates on him at the next Dec hearing.
 

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O'Callaghan featuring on a Prime Time report on the role of teachers making false returns to the Dept. Education.
He was chairman of the board at St Nathys secondary school at a time the Principal was making false claims for funds. When the Principal was caught and the Dept moved against him, the Board made strenuous efforts to keep him in his role as Principal and ignore the Dept. Eventually the Dept won out
 
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