Dundalk solicitor a top earner

A Dundalk solictor has been named as one of top ten largest earning practices with regards to amount of earnings from working for the Director of Public Prosecutions over a 22 month period.

A Dundalk solictor has been named as one of top ten largest earning practices with regards to amount of earnings from working for the Director of Public Prosecutions over a 22 month period.

Fergus Mullen, solictor of Woods, Ahern and Mullen in Dundalk is reported to have an earned a €425,942 over the 22 month period.

This makes Mr Mullen the 7th best paid solictor from the DPP over that time period in the country.

Woods Ahern Mullen have been offering legal advice in all areas of law to the people of Dundalk and the surrounding environs for the past 75 years and have grown into one of the largest firms practising in the North East of Ireland.

Private solicitors working for the Director of Public Prosecutions were paid more than €11.6 million over 22 months from January 2011, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Acts.

Barristers were paid a total of €23.3 million over the same period.

The top-earning solicitors practice contracted to the State Solicitor Service was Barry Galvin Son in Cork city. The practice was paid more than e900,000 between January 2011 and the end of October 2012.

The highest-paid barrister was Thomas O’Connell SC, who earned more than €450,000 over the 22 months.

The figures, provided by the DPP’s office, were available for fees paid up to the end of October 2012. They show more than 160 barristers worked for DPP Claire Loftus during the period, and most in both 2011 and 2012.

Some 32 State solicitors are contracted to work for the DPP, with each one designated to a particular region and each contract lasting 10 years.