Tributes paid to gang-busting lawyer
TRIBUTES have been paid to the gang-busting Irish solicitor who helped set up the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
An Garda Siochana, the Irish Bar, the Southern Law Association and victims' rights groups all paid tribute to Barry Galvin, who is retiring as state solicitor in Cork.
Mr Galvin, inset, is best-known for helping draft the legislation that created the CAB in 1996 following the murder of 'Sunday Independent' investigative journalist Veronica Guerin by Dublin crime bosses.
Mr Galvin went on to lead the CAB on an operational and strategic level in its early years as Bureau Legal Officer.
So successful was the CAB's remit and its early operations, that it has been adopted as the model for an anti-organised crime agency in more than a dozen countries worldwide.
CAB is credited with having dramatically reduced gangland activity in Ireland for almost a decade.
Since its foundation, CAB has now seized more than €133m in illicit profits from criminal activity.
The CAB is also being used to target social welfare fraud on an organised level.
At one time the threat to senior CAB officials from gangland bosses was deemed to be so great that Mr Galvin had to take firearms training and, for a time, was under round-the-clock armed protection.
He was called to the Irish Bar in 1965. He established the firm of Barry C Galvin & Son Solicitors.
In 1983, he was appointed State Solicitor for Cork and returned to that role having completed his CAB duties.