Samantha Geraghty, partner of Swinford law firm, P. O’Connor & Son, has been honoured at the Irish Law Awards 2017.
Samantha Geraghty had recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the Irish Language Practitioner of the Year category by the esteemed panel of adjudicators together with her fellow finalists, Maura Butler of the Law Society of Ireland and Mr Seán Ó’Cearbhaill of O’Carroll & Company, Galway. She was announced as the winner of the award in this category by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan at the awards ceremony held on Friday 12th May at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road Dublin for demonstrating a mastery of the Irish language in the provision of legal services.
Samantha Geraghty has dealt with many court applications in the Irish language. She has presented rigorous challenges in cases where the State has failed in its constitutional obligation to provide translations of Acts of the Oireachtas within a reasonable timeframe most notably in the 2016 decision of the courts relating to the legislation governing the issue of court summonses. She is a regular contributor on Radio na Gaeltachta in relation to legal affairs.
Samantha Geraghty is included on the Law Society’s Clár na Cleachtóirí Gaeilge. She completed the Advanced Legal Practitioner Irish programme in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree and a Masters degree in Commercial Law both from UCD. She is an AITI qualified Chartered Tax advisor, a Notary Public and a legal representative with the Mental Health Commission. She is a partner in the firm of P. O’Connor & Son, one of the leading West of Ireland law firms, and practises predominantly in the areas of commercial property and banking while also maintaining a limited district court practice.
P. O’Connor & Son solicitors has branches in Swinford and Kiltimagh and provides quality legal services nationwide. It employs 7 solicitors and a considerable support staff with diverse backgrounds and legal expertise enabling it to provide a wide range of quality legal services. The firm itself has been shortlisted on many occasions in the law awards over the past 6 years most notably as Connacht Law firm of the Year and Litigation Case of the year.
The AIB Private Banking Law Awards aim to identify honour and publicise outstanding achievements and recognise excellence in the legal profession of Ireland. The Irish language Practitioner of the Year Award is sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge.