THE Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has recommended a solicitor who misappropriated client funds should be struck off.
The SDT, which investigates complaints of misconduct against solicitors, has also recommended that solicitor Ruairi O Ceallaigh pay €1.3m to the Law Society's compensation fund.
Mr O Ceallaigh admitted the case against him.
He was partner in the highly respected Dublin law firm Sean O Ceallaigh & Co Solicitors with his brother Cormac O Ceallaigh.
Although Cormac O Ceallaigh was not involved in the alleged fraud perpetrated by his brother Ruairi, the tribunal recommended that he be admonished and pay a fine of €5,000 (plus VAT) and the costs of the Law Society for four separate breaches of solicitors' undertakings.
Three years ago, the firm was closed after the High Court heard that Ruairi O Ceallaigh had admitted gambling €2.5m of client cash, half of which had been left to the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin in a man's will.
Two years ago, High Court Judge Mr Justice Peter Kelly granted a €1.5m judgment against Cormac O Ceallaigh after the solicitor – who was innocent of the wrongdoing committed by his brother Ruairi – was sued by Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.
Judge Kelly said that Cormac had a liability for the €1.5m "effectively embezzled" by Ruairi.