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Dermot O'Donovan

Senior Solicitor

Dermot commenced practice in November, 1965 with his late father who had founded the practice in 1931. Initially he became involved in matters which required advocacy and specialist knowledge in all matters appearing in the District and Circuit Courts. His work included civil litigation in all Courts, appearances at the Employment Appeals Tribunal and participating in disciplinary proceedings.


He grew the practice in the area of criminal law, personal injury claims and employment law. He had carriage of several judicial review proceedings and one in particular involving the restoration of a dismissed member of An Garda Siochana to the force. He represented without Counsel several accused in the Circuit Court before Judge and Jury securing a number of acquittals.


As time passed he took over the work of CIE from his father and has continued in that role for over 40 years. He has a lifetime experience practising in the area of personal injury law, both for Plaintiffs, but in particular for Iarnrod Eireann and Bus Eireann. In this regard he believes that the development of good relationships with all of the claims staff is essential. Accordingly, he has made it a practice to make himself available for consultation and discussion at all times. Dermot is also involved in the area of child care, which involves frequent attendance in the District and Circuit Courts. He also prosecutes on behalf of the Child & Family Agency in respect of school attendance which brings him into close contact with Court staff in the Mid-West Region.



  • University of Dublin - Incorporated Law Society. Four Courts

  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland in 1965

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation/Judicial Review/Constitutional Law

  • Child Care Law

  • Mental Health Law

Dermot O'Donovan
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