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Dearbhail McDonald: Landmark trial shows no one above law

Credit to the gardai whose painstaking efforts built case against rogue lawyer

Published 19/11/2013 | 02:00

The former offices of Thomas Byrne Solicitors on Walkinstown Road in Dublin. Colin Keegan / collins
The former offices of Thomas Byrne Solicitors on Walkinstown Road in Dublin. Colin Keegan / collins

SIX years ago, High Court judge Mr Justice Peter Kelly sent documents relating to solicitor Thomas Byrne to the Garda Fraud Bureau.

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The documents were sent after EBS, the lender, sought to recover some €12.5m from Byrne in the Commercial Court, the big business division of the High Court.

Mr Justice Kelly, who ordered Byrne to pay back some €30m to three banks in one sitting, said that he was taking the decision to send the papers directly to gardai because of the "disturbing matters" in documents submitted to the court by the EBS.

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