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


Ardillaun

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Ireland needs a revolution on white collar crime. The current system acts to facilitate such schemes. The Brits and Canadians are somewhat more effective but the Yanks are the leaders in the Anglosphere on this file. Their example should be studied.
 

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Sean Quinn?


Anglo financing Sean's gambling on CFD's has complicated ownership of assets but the upcoming case should solve it, does not help how the Quinns bought overseas assets hidden behind their kind of Trustees.
 

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Irony is that Quinn bought some UK Insurance that covered solicitors who defaulted, that company went belly up,no UK insurer would touch it
 

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Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan consents to freezing orders


"Earlier on Wednesday, the judge was told by Nessa Bird BL, for the Society, it wanted the freezing and other orders as it is very concerned the deficit on the practice account may be almost €1m and is “increasing and increasing”.

That €1m sum excluded refund by Mr O’Callaghan earlier this year of €344,000 in alleged “exorbitant” fees and costs taken from the estate of a bereaved child, plus his refund to some €80,000 to a widowed mother of three in alleged excessive fees, counsel said.

The Society is very concerned some of the refunded monies appear to have come from the accounts of other clients, she added".




The deficit keeps growing, this case will keep running and running.
 

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Why was the freezing order not enacted long ago,something odd going on hwre. Peter Kelly says nothing is proven against him yet?

More may come out. Same principle applies in a lot of cases, publicity etc encourages folk to look at past dealings with this firm.
 

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I love the handwringing of the judge,

It was “important” the court makes clear Mr O’Callaghan has asserted at all times he has conducted himself honestly, had at all times sought to act in the best interests of the clients of his firm and intends to personally make good any shortfalls which may be found in the practice and to ensure no client of the practice is at a loss.
And his two daughters are partners cleaning up now, of course they knew nothing of the father's ways.

On top of his "allowance" of €11600 per month, what salaries are they drawing down as partners?
 

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Ireland needs a revolution on white collar crime. The current system acts to facilitate such schemes. The Brits and Canadians are somewhat more effective but the Yanks are the leaders in the Anglosphere on this file. Their example should be studied.
Paddy doesn't care less about White Collar crime, scamming is engrained in the Irish psyche.
 

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- ... he's continunng to process a probate application

- To get around his suspension he's got himself a power of attorney - clever Declan

- And now he's acting legally because he's acting as an 'attorney' not a 'solictor' ...

(His two daughters, solicitors) processed the probate case for their suspended father ...
Are you sure? Whatt's your source?

I'm surprised he'd be daft enough to do that', or that his daughters would cooperate in any such arrangement.
 

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Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan consents to freezing orders

"Earlier on Wednesday, the judge was told by Nessa Bird BL, for the Society, it wanted the freezing and other orders as it is very concerned the deficit on the practice account may be almost €1m and is “increasing and increasing”.

That €1m sum excluded refund by Mr O’Callaghan earlier this year of €344,000 in alleged “exorbitant” fees and costs taken from the estate of a bereaved child, plus his refund to some €80,000 to a widowed mother of three in alleged excessive fees, counsel said.

The Society is very concerned some of the refunded monies appear to have come from the accounts of other clients, she added".

The deficit keeps growing, this case will keep running and running.
The respectful tone of the judge may be legally appropriate but sounds a bit out of place as an incident of potentially historic proportions unfolds. Is there intense activity beneath the surface or are things as bizarrely laid back as they appear to be?
 

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In fairness, my own family had a great solicitor, no longer with us, in our small town. He was comically strict on the rectitude angle. The only lad in our class who chose that path was also like that even in school. It only takes a few bad apples...
On that point I would agree. I've had dealings with a number of solicitors (including one who is now a district judge) and they were all decent and scrupulously honest. Funnily though, a couple of years ago, I was talking to a man originally from the West of Ireland who related a number of horror stories about an unidentified lawyer. It wouldn't surprise me if it's the same guy. The number of bad apples might be very small - maybe only one in that region. But any others, wherever they are can't be sleeping easily these days.

More detail today

O’Callaghan took money from accounts of dead clients to shore up firm
 

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Are you sure? Whatt's your source?

I'm surprised he'd be daft enough to do that', or that his daughters would cooperate in any such arrangement.
The link was in the post. I'm surprised you're surprised. Where else in the world would you be given 11000 living expenses having 'misapproated' money from scores of people?

Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan described himself inaccurately as ‘retired’

- High court told Law Society considered he was ‘skirting around’ order restraining any involvement with his former practice

- Having read the documents, Ms Bird said she was “alarmed” as they appeared to amount to contempt of orders made by the court last July suspending Mr O’Callaghan from practising and having any involvement with Kilraine O’Callaghan.

- Her concerns included Mr O’Callaghan was described on documents filed last month by Kilraine O’Callaghan as a retired solicitor when he is a solicitor prohibited from practising

It was in his capacity as attorney, not solicitor, he signed documents in his home then filed by Kilraine O’Callaghan


The underlined is the best bits.
 

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On that point I would agree. I've had dealings with a number of solicitors (including one who is now a district judge) and they were all decent and scrupulously honest. Funnily though, a couple of years ago, I was talking to a man originally from the West of Ireland who related a number of horror stories about an unidentified lawyer. It wouldn't surprise me if it's the same guy. The number of bad apples might be very small - maybe only one in that region. But any others, wherever they are can't be sleeping easily these days.

More detail today

O’Callaghan took money from accounts of dead clients to shore up firm


Essentially a Pyramid Scheme, but it does require the complicity of at least one other person in the firm, as you never know when someone rings up with a query or a statement of account and if the wrong person in the firm starts to investigate the scam gets shown up.

Such "schemes" happen in banks often. get exposed when an employee does not take holidays.
 

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The respectful tone of the judge may be legally appropriate but sounds a bit out of place as an incident of potentially historic proportions unfolds. Is there intense activity beneath the surface or are things as bizarrely laid back as they appear to be?

'But, it's more like a swan gliding across a pond, we see the glide, but underneath the water, that swan is paddling for dear life to stay afloat!'
 

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Essentially a Pyramid Scheme, but it does require the complicity of at least one other person in the firm, as you never know when someone rings up with a query or a statement of account and if the wrong person in the firm starts to investigate the scam gets shown up.

Such "schemes" happen in banks often. get exposed when an employee does not take holidays.
Indeed, robbing Peter to pay Paul. oldest grift in the book.

The headline "O'Callaghan took money from accounts of dead clients to shore up firm" is to the point, and will wake up anyone in Balaghadreen that this is just a small bookkeeping error and sure he's a grand fella, very smart altogether.

Very hard to put a spin that headline!

One assumes everyone of his clients are digging out the files to see what he charged them.

Is there a statute of limitations on far back this can go?
 

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... Love the fact the two daughters were warned by the Law Society that if they took over the practise they risked the accounts of the practise being frozen and said two daughters went ahead anyway.

Natch their father and mother never had any influence on the daughters aking over the practisc
. LOL.

And then they processed the probate case for their suspended father.

The link was in the post. I'm surprised you're surprised. Where else in the world would you be given 11000 living expenses having 'misapproated' money from scores of people?

Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan described himself inaccurately as ‘retired’ ...
If Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan described himself inaccurately as ˜retired" is your only source then please read it again.

" the daughters became partners in Kilraine O’Callaghan
last month"

" they had had to become partners in the firm to ensure it would have insurance."

"In evidence, Mr O’Callaghan said the probate matter dated back to
2016 "

- 1 - What is your source for saying that the daughters processed the probate case for their suspended father?

- 2 - Given that the Law Society hadn't already taken-over the the firm and its files why have you attributed nefarious motives to the daughters taking over the firm 'to ensure it would have insurance '?


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- 1 - What is your source for saying that the daughters processed the probate case for their suspended father?

- 2 - Given that the Law Society hadn't already taken-over the the firm and its files why have you attributed nefarious motives to the daughters taking over the firm 'to ensure it would have insurance '?


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OMG, OMG. Just shows how utterly mad Ireland’s defamation law is that it could be invoked here.

Any evidence of possible wrongdoing by a solicitor with previous issues should automatically trigger an urgent, comprehensive review of his entire career. There should a squad trawling through all records right now with weekly public updates. Instead the LS seems intent on damage limitation and keeping its own liability down.
 

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Steady on now. There's no reason for anyone to be worried about defamation in this case. Nothing that I remember written in this thread or in the media, poses the slightest risk of defamation. That the Law Society is treading on egg-shells says more about that organisation than anything else.
 

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Dermot Ahern. FF Minister of Justice brought the Defamation Act in 2009. many thought it was to protect the likes of Ahern and other FF brethren.

Here Grouser brings it in to scare people off commenting on a simply ridiculous FF family and their ways of screwing ordinary people in a country town.
 

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The respectful tone of the judge may be legally appropriate but sounds a bit out of place as an incident of potentially historic proportions unfolds. Is there intense activity beneath the surface or are things as bizarrely laid back as they appear to be?
Would there be some peculiar undercurrents at work here, all seems a bit opaque,God knows whats at work here,he was heavily involved in the RC Church,Board of St Nathy's etc?
 

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Steady on now. There's no reason for anyone to be worried about defamation in this case. Nothing that I remember written in this thread or in the media, poses the slightest risk of defamation. That the Law Society is treading on egg-shells says more about that organisation than anything else.
Rubbish.

Post #411 makes an allegation against against two women solicitors, "they processed the probate case for their suspended father", which is plainly defamatory - and given the situation and timescale set out in the news-report it's unlikely to be true.
 
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