Former Limerick solicitor faces trial over €1.2m fraud

Declan Brennan


Declan Brennan


Four charged in Special Criminal Court in relation to attempted ATM thefts

The Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin

A TRIAL date in 2023 has being set in the case of a former Limerick-based solicitor who is facing charges in relation to a €1.2m fraud.

Michael Small, 54, is accused of multiple counts of theft, deception and accounting charges relating to offences which are alleged to have taken place over a two-year period while he was in practice as a solicitor in Limerick.

Mr Small, who has an address at Renville, Oranmore, County Galway, previously appeared before Dublin District Court after he was charged with five counts of theft, five counts of deception, five counts of failing to keep accounting records and another two of making or using false accounting documents.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at locations in Limerick and Dublin on dates during 2008 and 2009.

At Dublin Circuit last week, Mr Small's lawyers told Judge Martin Nolan that their client was seeking a trial as he intends pleading not guilty.

Judge Nolan noted this and he fixed a date for trial of January 9, 2023.

Free legal aid was previously granted at the district court when defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins asked for legal aid to cover senior as well as junior counsel in the circuit court, given the seriousness of the charge, which involved allegations of €1.2m fraud.

At that hearing a State solicitor confirmed the case was "a quite involved and complex matter" and that the allegations against Small involve a “considerable" sum of money.