‘Placid’ Irish lawyer pleads guilty to assaulting former colleague

Followed by an apology speech.

A leading Irish lawyer has pleaded guilty to assaulting a former colleague.

O’Higgins, the head of eponymous law firm Cahir O’Higgins and Co Solicitors, appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he admitted assaulting fellow lawyer Stephen O’Mahony.

Gentle O’Higgins punched O’Mahony, allegedly causing injuries to his face, on February 11, 2021 on a Dublin dock near the Criminal Justice Courts. Other details remain unclear as the court has yet to hear the facts of the case.

“I apologize to Stephen O’Mahony and his family and I apologize to my own family for the shame, hardship and embarrassment that has been caused to them,” the lawyer told the court then. that he pleaded guilty to assault.

The two men worked together for several years. O’Mahony was an employee of O’Higgins’ business until 2020 when he left to set up his own business in Dublin.

O’Higgins, a highly regarded criminal defense barrister, was Ireland’s highest paid legal aid lawyer in 2017 and has been among the scheme’s top earners for the past decade.

The judge set a sentencing date for October 18 and released O’Higgins on continuing bail.

RollOnFriday contacted Cahir O’Higgins and Co Solicitors for comment and received the following response: “We imagine you will clickbate [sic] sensationalized ax work in which Cahir O’Higgins will be portrayed as a villainous thug when in reality, in the normal course, he is a placid and well-meaning individual. Therefore, there is little or no use in commenting or seeking a balanced, objective or fair assessment. For obvious reasons, it is inappropriate for you to publish anything as it would undermine Cahir O’Higgins’ right to a fair trial.”

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Jon J. Epps