Belfast Telegraph

Picket plan over lawyer

By David Gordon
27 January 2005

The Law Society's Northern Ireland office is to be picketed by protesters seeking to overturn disciplinary action against a prominent solicitor.

Belfast-based lawyer Padraigin Drinan has recently been barred from running her own legal practice after an inquiry.

Announcing the decision earlier this month, the Law Society said an independent tribunal had imposed the disclipinary action after concluding that Ms Drinan "was not functioning at any acceptable level as a single practitioner".

Groups who have been represented by the solicitor met last night to plan a protest campaign.

This is due to begin with a picket at the Law Society's Belfast headquarters at lunchtime tomorrow.

Eileen Calder, from the Rape Crisis Centre, was among those who attended yesterday's meeting.

She said a list of other organisations were represented, including the Committee on the Administration of Justice, Anti-Racist Network, Falls Women's Centre, Traveller Movement (NI), Anti-Poverty Network and NIPSA.

Messages of support were received from the Garvaghy Road and Ormeau Road Residents Groups and the Chinese Welfare Association.

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