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

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And then when it comes time to pay up, with all legal avenues for appeal exhausted, and the practice will be folded into bankruptcy of course.

Self-regulation in the professions is no regulation at all.
 


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no word recently about O Callaghan,there must be feet dragging in his case
 

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Very ininteresting,he had been red flagged and returned to old ways again. Law society have a lot to answer for .I feel there were big fish at play here,maybe involving the RC Church,some judges etc.
Seems possible ok,maybe link to Opus Dei,Knights etc. Declan was very involved in St Nathy's in the town,both college & Cathedral
 

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Probably hoping he'll catch a flight to Brazil. Or Uruguay, considering Brazil isn't as safe for our chancers as it used to be.

Garda Joe would have to trot out the aul' chestnut about them just missing him by seconds at the airport as they are wont to do with the occasional fugitive so dodgy that even in Ireland jail time looks like looming...

I remember Drummer being so fiendishly clever at evading the Gardai that he managed to book a flight, turn up at the airport and depart before the shquad-car could get there.

Drat. Foiled again, sez the Commish.
 

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We still have no clear idea of the number of people affected or the money lost in the history of the practice. Even showing a little more concern about the data would send a bit of a message to other practitioners.
 

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We still have no clear idea of the number of people affected or the money lost in the history of the practice. Even showing a little more concern about the data would send a bit of a message to other practitioners.
His daughters's practice also needs to be looked at as the wife is involved in both.
 

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Could be even more interesting if any of the women in the family start trying to say they didn't know what they were signing.... I'm not so sure that a court would swallow that one in this case or any subsequent issues in relation to this case.
 

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Litany of theft and fraud, left to practise, more theft, more fraud, no Garda action ...


Conclusion: Theft is fine if you are a solicitor. You’re unlikely to be caught. If you are caught it’s only because you’re so flagrant. And no other solicitor is overcharging, adding mysterious costs or deluding you as to your legal monetary entitlements. Plus the Gardai don’t want to know.
 

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Even worse for the Law Society now in that they look distinctly like an organisation that can't regulate its profession adequately. There's only one answer to that and that is tighter external regulation by way of law.
 

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Even worse for the Law Society now in that they look distinctly like an organisation that can't regulate its profession adequately. There's only one answer to that and that is tighter external regulation by way of law.
Won’t happen. Look how they treat the public with contempt refusing to release the case against him to the Irish Times claiming ‘sub judice’ on something that has been legally decided upon.

And Lumpy, what about the Gardai.
 

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There'll probably be some way for the solicitor concerned to instantly claim that they can't be tried fairly as any case against them would be prejudiced by an already proven fact reported on, namely that they are fraudulent.

It is an oddity of law that knowing the truth about someone can prejudice a legal case against them which actually might make them look fraudulent. Merely because they've been publicly been shown to be fraudulent as well in another forum.
 

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Everyone is entitled to a good name under Irish law. Whether they actually have one or not.
 

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Namaste, my friends, mindful breaths, calming thoughts, are you ready?....The, ahem, ‘irregularities’ considered by the 1990 committee of inquiry ran from a) to, well, x) and this is what they decided in their wisdom:

There were three members of the 1990 committee of inquiry but, despite what they discovered, only one of them felt O’Callaghan’s behaviour made him unfit to be a solicitor and that he should be barred from the profession permanently.

The other two recommended, and the High Court accepted, that he be allowed continue in practice, watched over for three years, after which, he could resume – which he did.
Which he did and why wouldn’t he? Any young fella can have a few lapses, like.

Asked this week who sat in judgment on O’Callaghan 30 years ago, the Law Society declined to say, asserting the matter was sub judice. Citing the same reason, the society also declined to furnish The Irish Times with a copy of the report that led to the 1990 High Court decision or to say whether it had, at that time, referred O’Callaghan’s conduct to the Garda.

Yes, the matter was sub judice so the identities of these individuals cannot be released. Ommmmmmm.
 
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Litany of theft and fraud, left to practise, more theft, more fraud, no Garda action ...


Conclusion: Theft is fine if you are a solicitor. You’re unlikely to be caught. If you are caught it’s only because you’re so flagrant. And no other solicitor is overcharging, adding mysterious costs or deluding you as to your legal monetary entitlements. Plus the Gardai don’t want to know.
Indeed. Where are the criminal fraud charges? On the way hopefully..
 

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Bit like the Central Bank facing down awkward questions of it as a regulator with the phrase 'commercial sensitivity'. There is one conclusion available and that is that the Law Society does not have the necessary teeth to regulate the profession. Given it's reluctance to act to prevent characters like this Ballaghadareen fellow from operating over a long period in the way he did, they really should have the regulatory role removed from them in favour of an independent panel with a proper brief to produce a report regularly on disciplinary cases.
 


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