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Thursday 17 April 2014

Former solicitor Ruairi O Ceallaigh in court on multiple theft charges

Ruairi O'Ceallaigh, leaves the CCJ in Dublin, Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Evening Herald 5/12/2013
Ruairi O'Ceallaigh, leaves the CCJ in Dublin

A FORMER solicitor has appeared in court on multiple theft charges in relation to an alleged €2.8 million fraud case.

Ruairi O Ceallaigh (42) was arrested today and charged with seven counts of misappropriating money from a client account at his family's firm.

He is facing jury trial for the alleged offences. Judge Patricia McNamara granted him bail and adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence at Dublin District Court.

Mr O Ceallaigh, with an address at Collegeland, Summerhill, Co Meath is charged with dishonestly appropriating seven aggregate sums between €75,000 and €1.5m, the property of Sean O Ceallaigh and Co on dates between July 2006 and May 2010.

The sums relate to the estates of seven people and the charges are all under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Det Sgt Paschal Walsh of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation told the court he arrested the defendant at Chancery Street at 9.35am this morning.

He was brought to the Bridewell Garda Station where he was charged on the seven counts at 10.25am.

Det Sgt Walsh said the accused made no comment when the charges were put to him. The court heard the DPP was directing trial on indictment.

Defence Solicitor Michael Hanahoe said he was consenting to a "longish" remand and the gardai were not objecting to bail.

There was also no objection to the accused's father Sean O Ceallaigh standing as an independent surety. No other bail conditions were sought.

Judge McNamara granted bail in the accused's own bond of €200.

Sean O Ceallaigh then took the stand to say he understood his obligations in providing an independent surety in the sum of €5,000. No cash lodgements were required.

Det Sgt Walsh confirmed to the judge that he was satisfied with these terms and would "not have to investigate".

The judge adjourned the case to January 16.

The defendant, wearing a blue-grey suit, light blue shirt and navy blue tie did not address the court during the brief hearing.

The accused was partner in the highly respected Dublin law firm Sean O Ceallaigh & Co Solicitors with his brother Cormac O Ceallaigh.

There is no allegation that Sean or Cormac o Ceallaigh were involved in any alleged wrongdoing.

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