Lansdowne Club breakfast

Posted on May 7, 2010 by Benson Shi

The Lansdowne Club hosted a breakfast earlier today to welcome the Irish Minister for Trade and Commerce, Mr Billy Kelleher.

The event started with a hot serving of breakfast followed by a 20 minutes speech by the Minister, who spoke on the change and current economy status in Ireland. Despite another significant drop of GDP in Ireland, he highlighted how overseas business is succesful and how the government attempted to stimulate more jobs in Ireland.

During the Q&A session, our principal solicitor Mrs Anne O’Donoghue is one of the three attendees who raised a question to the Minister.

As a legal practitioner, Mrs. O’Donoghue tries to keep herself updated with any legal-related news from all over the world. At the moment she is very concerned about the unemployment rates of lawyers in Ireland. Anne mentioned to the minister the unemployment rate of lawyers in Ireland and whether or not the government will do anything about it.

It was published early last year that law graduates in Ireland will be having a difficult time finding employment. Furthermore, it was recorded in August 2009 that there are well over 1000 unemployed solicitors in Ireland. Today, the number only grew and especially with the new crop of law graduates soon getting qualified or admitted as lawyers, the unemployment rate will only rise.

Acknowledging this problem, Anne is set to give a talk before the Law Society of Ireland on the 14th of July 2010 on the possibility of Irish Lawyers to work in Australia.

Watch this space for more updates on Anne’s talk in Ireland and on Mr. Kelleher’s speech at the breakfast.