Galway Bay fm newsroom- A Portumna solicitor who admitted professional misconduct, including using 10 thousand euro in client monies towards paying his personal tax bill and reducing the overdraft on his office account, has been suspended for a year.
The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly ruled that Thomas D’Alton can resume practising after the year under conditions to expire after seven years.
The Irish Times reports that the court heard that the monies taken were later repaid, no client suffered a loss and there was no client account deficit when Mr D’Alton, who had practised as James J Kearns & Sons, Portumna, closed down
his practice in November 2017
During the hearing Mr Justice Kelly cited the ill health experienced by Mr D’Alton in the relevant period.
His health difficulties began with a fall in 2007 which resulted in ankle and foot injuries and a series of surgeries over several years from 2009.
A report from his GP described Mr D’Alton’s experience between 2014 and 2016 as “catastrophic”.
It noted he developed a very serious bone infection, had a hip replacement and had to work during it all.
The GP also expressed concern about Mr D’Alton’s mental health throughout this period.
The judge said he was “astonished” details of the ill health were not put before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal when it recommended the sanction of strike off.
The Tribunal had noted Mr D’Alton had a prior disciplinary record involving five different adverse findings against him, one of which had lead to his being required to pay just over 14 thousand euro restitution to a man’s estate.
All of those matters, as well as issues in 2010 concerning failure to honour undertakings to financial institutions, were ultimately resolved.
Mr Justice Peter Kelly refused a Law Society application to strike off Mr. D’Alton and said the alternative sanction determined by the court was a “proportionate” response to the solicitor’s wrongdoing.
Mr D’Alton, who is married with children, said in an affidavit he has a “stark economic necessity” to earn money.
The judge noted several solicitors in Mr D’Alton’s locality had provided references speaking “very highly “of him and expressing a willingness to employ him.
The retirement is announced of the Church Of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke has announced his retirement.
The announcement was made this morning and will take effect from the 31st of October.
Born on 12 April 1955, Bishop Patrick was educated at Sandford Park School and Salisbury and Wells Theological College; and ordained in 1979.
He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Newtownabbey and Ballywillan, and then held incumbencies at Craigs and Ballymore. He was Dean of Armagh from 2006 until 2011 and succeeded Bishop Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson as Bishop of the Tuam, Killala and Achonry in that year.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has paid tribute to Bishop Patrick calling him a “true pastor to his people” and praised his warm and welcoming personality, and his great ability to be at ease in company and to put others at ease in his presence.
Archbishop Neary also paid tribute to the support from the Bishop in making St Mary’s Cathedral available while the Cathedral of the Assumption is nearing the end of a major refurbishment.
Latest figures show a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in Ireland as 288 are reported
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have announced that there are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
However, this is shows a significant drop compared to yesterday evening when 393 cases were reported.
That is a reduction of 105 cases in twenty four hours.
There is a slight increase in the numbers receiving treatment in hospital with 49 patients with the virus. An increase of 1 on yesterday while the number of people being treated in ICU is also up 1 to 15.
There are no figures available for Galway.
These daily case numbers may change in the future after the data is reviewed and validated.
LISTEN: Galway men and women are encouraged to get a donor card on this Father’s Day
Men and women all over the county are being encouraged to get a donor card this father’s day as a family from Mountbellew are sharing their story to increase awareness around the gift of organ donation.
Just under two years ago, Patrick Browne, who works as a nurse in the neurology department at University Hospital Galway, donated part of his liver to save his now six-year-old daughter Sadhbh’s life.
The Irish Kidney Association advises that whilst many things have been put on pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for organ donation and transplantation continues.
Speaking to John Mulligan, Patrick Browne said that holding a donor card is a phenomenal gift that can keep someone alive.
The Irish Kidney Association encourages individuals who wish to support organ donation to keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card, permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.
Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01-6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.