A new solicitor who is the son of a Laois county councillor has set up practice in Portlaoise.
Mr Barry Fitzgerald, whose mother Catherine is a member of both the Portlaoise Municipal District and Laois County Council, was introduced to last week’s district court by Mr Declan Breen, under whom he trained.
Mr Breen said that Mr Fitzgerald comes from a well known Portlaoise family and had played GAA for both club and county over the years.
Mr Fitzgerald spent a long time training with Mr Breen’s practice here in Portlaoise, and also spent considerable time in the criminal courts in Dublin over the last number of years.
He is now about to commence practice in Portlaoise.
Welcoming the new solicitor, Judge Catherine Staines said she had no doubt that he had received great training under Mr Breen.
Welcomes were also extended from the court staff and from the gardaí.
Thanking everyone for their words, Ms Fitzgerald said he had received expert tutelage from Mr Breen and had sat in the local court every Thursday for the district court criminal list.
“I’m aware of the calibre of professionalism on both sides of the bench,” he said, adding that he looked forward to working in the district.