Painting a picture of a sinner redeemed
A DEVOUT Christian, a solicitor to boot, who stole €2.8m from his clients – and left his beloved Catholic Church nursing losses of €1.5m. Struck-off solicitor Ruairi O'Ceallaigh is, as his barrister Padraig Dwyer remarked during his sentencing hearing, truly "a man of contradictions".
He may also be a man at peace with his crimes.
Before entering the dock, the solicitor smiled and laughed with family and a large group of supporters who gathered for the two-hour hearing.