Solicitor

  • Former solicitor Michael Lynn who is accused of multi-million euro thefts was in court today as part of preparations for his trial next year.

    Mr Lynn (50) with an address in St Alban's Park, Sandymount, Dublin, is facing 21 charges relating to the alleged theft of almost €30 million from seven financial institutions.

    In one of the sample charges before the court, Mr Lynn is accused of stealing €4.1 million from Irish Nationwide on April 4, 2007.

    In another sample count, he is charged with stealing €3.6 million from Ulster Bank on October 20, 2006.

    In March 2018 Mr Lynn was extradited to Ireland from Brazil, where he had been living for several years.

    He was taken into custody in Brazil in August 2013. In June last year he was granted bail on an independent surety of €100,000.

    His trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court is fixed for January 13, 2020. A pre-trial date was set for November 28, 2019.

    Mr Lynn appeared in court today when John Berry BL, prosecuting, told the court that the DPP had now completed 56 categories of disclosure sought by the defence.

    Counsel said there were some outstanding matters and asked the court to fix a date for a one hour hearing.

    Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, told Judge Patricia Ryan that a lot of work has being done “behind the scenes” by the defense lawyers.

  • Crossmolina native Michael Lynn will arrive back in Ireland today, more than 10 years after he fled the country, according to the Irish Independent.

    50-year-old former solicitor Mr Lynn boarded a flight out of Brazil last night and is scheduled to arrive in Dublin Airport at lunchtime today, along with four Gardai.

    It marks the end of a saga that began when he did not attend a High Court hearing on €80m fraud charges in 2007.

    He was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and fought extradition back to Ireland to the last.

    Yesterday, he was taken from the Cotel prison, where he has been for almost five years, and put on a flight to Frankfurt.

    From Frankfurt he was scheduled to be put on a connecting flight to Dublin, arriving today at noon.

    At the time he fled to Brazil, Mr Lynn was facing 33 charges in the High Court relating to an alleged €80m mortgage fraud.

    Some of the charges will be dropped as part of the extradition deal with Brazil.

     

  • The Law Society of Ireland has announced the appointment of Mayo solicitor, James Cahill, as President of the Law Society for the year 2020/2021, with effect from today.

    Mr Cahill is principal in the firm Cahill & Cahill in Castlebar. He becomes the 150th President of the Law Society.

    Mr Cahill will serve a one-year term as president of the 22,000-strong solicitors’ profession until November 2021.

    “It is a great honour to serve as President of the Law Society of Ireland for the coming 12 months. To be leading the Irish solicitors’ is a personal privilege; however, this is also time of great challenge,” Mr Cahill said.