We learned today on RTEs Liveline, of the first thieving Irish solicitor to get away scot free with robbing a client.
Jack, the victim, rang in to say that the solicitor who robbed him of €5,000 has been given the lowest possible “punishment’ by the Law Society’s Complaints Committee – a reprimand.
This committee has decided that there is no need to forward Jacks case on to the Disciplinary Committee, which is the next level of the Law Society’s “justice’ system
Meanwhile, in the UK, it has been revealed that lawyers double charged clients involved in a compensation scheme for miners.
Enquiries have been launched by the Law Society of England, The Department of Trade Industry and most tellingly by The Serious Fraud Squad.
So, in England we see the legal profession, the Government and the police all immediately involved in investigating these serious criminal allegations.
In the corrupt state of Ireland, solicitors are allowed to decide for themselves, in secret, what “punishment’ they will mete out to their colleagues. The State has no involvement or interest whatsoever.
This serves as a good example of the difference between a hopelessly corrupt state like Ireland and a functioning accountable democracy.