Friday 22 September 2017

Tough times indeed for solicitors but cry of media hostility is last refuge of desperate

The case of fraudster Thomas Byrne has had a negative effect on his profession
The case of fraudster Thomas Byrne has had a negative effect on his profession
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

IN his just published maiden interview in 'Gazette', the magazine for Ireland's solicitors, the newly elected president of the Law Society complains that the solicitor profession is "facing a largely hostile media that feels it's not good news to promote solicitors".

The cry of media hostility is often the last refuge of the desperate: the newly appointed chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic James Nugent deployed it as his first weapon of retaliatory choice in the wake of the disastrous top-ups controversy.

Rallying the troops, who are reeling in the wake of the jailing of former solicitor Thomas Byrne, society president John P Shaw said: "It's certainly not going to sell newspapers if you are promoting solicitors in a positive light."

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