A lawyer and former councillor who was found guilty of soliciting someone to kill a revenue official, a garda and an accountant has been struck off the roll of solicitors by the High Court.
High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly said the misconduct by Cork solicitor Gary O'Flynn of Hayfield Drive, Whitechurch in Co Cork, was of a different order and magnitude to the misconduct with which he normally dealt with in the solicitors' list.
O'Flynn pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years in April 2015 for soliciting someone to kill Detective Sergeant Mary Skehan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, Revenue official George Ross and accountant Patrick Sweeney between October 2012 and February 2013.
At the time O'Flynn, a former member of Cork City Council for Fianna Fáil, was under investigation for fraud in relation to the issuing of mortgages and all three were known to him as part of that investigation.
Mr Justice Kelly said he was well used to dealing with misconduct by solicitors on a regular basis but this was misconduct of a different order and magnitude.
He said O'Flynn was convicted of 15 counts of deception in Cork Circuit Criminal Court, as well as two counts of using a false instrument, and the three counts of soliciting someone to murder.
He said there was no place in the profession for people found guilty of such offences.
The court heard O'Flynn said he would not be challenging any application by the Law Society to have him struck off and he had no interest in associating with them again in any capacity.
The costs of the application were awarded against him.
O'Flynn, who is 41, is the son of former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O'Flynn.
Noel O'Flynn told Cork Circuit Criminal Court in 2015 that the family had been concerned about his son’s behaviour since 2009.