Protecting the reputation of the
solicitors’ profession and of
the Law Society of Ireland is a key
goal of our increased focus on
representing our members.

—Law Society of Ireland, February 2014

Can an organization dedicated to protecting itself and its members also fulfil the function of an independent regulatory body on itself and its members? It would be silly to think so, yet that is the situation in Ireland. It leads to such things as the following, concerning Saoirse's complaint to the Law Society (as we saw in the Law Society Complaint series):

…I am not in a position to re-open my
file at the present time.
…if there is a prosecution, please
inform me at that time.

—Martin Clohessey, Complaints Executive, Law Society of Ireland,
on learning that Beauchamps Solicitors had provided the Law Society
fake and falsified documents created to answer Saoirse's complaint.

Another complaint was sent to the Law Society by Saoirse on 11 April 2014. Like the previous complaint, this one concerns but a single issue—and again it is presented with the supporting documentation as to make it a self–evident, no–brainer complaint. As we saw in the previous complaint, this by no means guarantees that this complaint will be addressed in any meaningful way by the Law Society. One can hope. We will once again attempt to report events concerning this complaint as they happen.

The complaint concerns the false charge lodged against Dolores' estate for a headstone—a charge which was assigned to a company that never did any work for Dolores or her estate. Details of this charge have been published for some time on this site; the four–part series about this starts with Dolores' Grave Part 1.

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Dolores' beneficiaries have sought clarification on this charge for well over two years. They have been ignored.

Sent by registered mail at about lunchtime, Saoise's complaint is seen below, complete with the 21 supporting documents which can be accessed from the footnote numbers—or the footnotes themselves. Once again Part 3 of the complaint form is not included because this concerns an estate. You can see the blank Law Society Complaint Form here.

The previous complaint was acknowledged by the Law Society about two weeks after it was received, and after Saoirse encouraged them with a letter more than three weeks after that, she was finally informed that the file was closed after another two weeks. So the process took just three days shy of two months to run its course. We'll see how this one goes.

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We will report developments as they occur. We think that there is a very high probability that this complaint, like the previous ones, will go nowhere. It would be no surprise as the system seems to be designed for that purpose.

[Editor's note: As always, we seek and encourage anyone with knowledge of Dolores' life and/or the events presented here to contribute to this site. Memories, anecdotes, photos and documents are more than welcome. Clarification, correction and alternative views are encouraged and welcomed. Submissions   ]


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