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OLLINS CROWLEY

                                                            HISTORYAlthough the   Company  was founded in  1980  its roots can be traced back  as far  as 1880  when one John Crowley a great grand uncle of one of our founding partners founded the firm of Crowley Bolger and Cusack  which traded on O’ Connell Street in Dublin . This practice had a long and distinguished record of service to the people of Dublin and was set up by John Crowley when he first commenced practice as a lawyer and was soon after joined by John Bolger and Michael Cusack . Michael Cusack’s family had a long association with the GAA which is the Gaelic Athletic Association - the national sports body in Ireland - which promotes hurling and gaelic football across the entire  country.   The  Grand  Stand at Croke Park (which is our   National Sports Stadium)  known as the famous Cusack Stand  takes its name from Michael Cusack’s own family who were long associated with the GAA . Eamon J Crowley born in 1919 took charge of this practice when he joined his uncle George Crowley there in 1942  and practised with him throughout the  nineteen forties and later he became the principle of the firm.  The company  continued trading and specialized in company and commercial law, trusts and taxation as well as more general  areas of legal practice . The company was the subject of a take over and sale in early 1973  and it was the son of Eamon J Crowley who chose a career in law who then went on to be a founder the firm of  Collins Crowley .Collins Crowley first carried on practice as a law firm in Merrion Square in the centre of Dublin City and beside government buildings and the Houses of Parliament ( Dail Eireann ) off Merrion Street and concentrated on developing a criminal law practice before moving to operate in other areas . Then  in 1985 the firm  moved to Kildare Street  and practised from number 30 Kildare Street again right opposite the main entrance gates of Parliament . The premises  30 Kildare Street was once the home of Bram Stoker one of Ireland’s most famous writers and the author of probably the worlds most famous novel Dracula.Bram Stoker ( 1847 – 1912) devoted his life to literature  and is best remembered for the classic vampire story Dracula and he also wrote a number of other articles dealing with futuristic and occult themes . The firm carried on business from Kildare Street for a period of twenty years during which time they were the leading lawyers  in cases  of national and international importance .  They represented the Society of Protection of Unborn Children in constitutional cases concerning the right to life of the unborn which were heard in Irelands highest courts and later argued  in the European Court of Human Rights. These cases concerned attempts to introduce abortion into Ireland by way of setting up clinics and referring clients to abortion clinics in London and also the interpretation of the right to life amendment inserted in our Constitution where the State guarantees to protect the life of the child in the womb with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother . It was as a result of these cases that life in the womb has more  protection in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. There continues to be   a prohibition on abortion here  subject to the recently passed legislation known as The  Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act .The firm was also the legal representatives of the Anti Divorce Campaign which challenged the outcome of a referendum in 1995 (where the winning margin was just .01% ) to provide for divorce in Ireland -  the first time this had ever been done in the history of the State or indeed in the history of Europe . The case was successful on several counts and introduced guidelines on how public funds should be spent in government national campaigns. The Government is now prohibited from spending  funds or tax payers money in campaigns to change the Constitution or to promote their own political agenda and the case had  wide ranging national consequences .The firm was also responsible for changes in the manner inquests were conducted in cases of a likely suicide . It  represented a family  where a member had been the subject of a suicide verdict and successfully challenged the right of an inquest to reach such a verdict .  This case led to major changes in the Coroner Legislation of this country and  the eventual decriminalisation of suicide The firm was  also  the legal representatives of the Applicant  in the international  case  Blaise Metock and Others v the Minister of Justice , Equality and Law Reform heard in the European Court of Justice in 2008 where it was successful and which was the subject of much media coverage throughout Europe and a book. It ruled upon the right of a non European Union spouse married to a European Union citizen or a family member to live and work in a European Union country as long as that was not their European Unions  spouse’s national country of origin. . As a result of this case if you are married to a European Union Citizen you can live in any country of the E U  along with your spouse other than your spouses own national country. The case effected several million people in Europe and thousands throughout Ireland of all nationalities and brought about major changes in the manner Ireland incorporates European Union Directives .  The firm continues to conduct an extensive practise in the area of asylum and immigration law and human rights and has a designated web site  www.irishvisabureau.com devoted to asylum law and immigration .The firm now practices on High Street Dublin 8 with offices at Christchurch Hall and is one of leading firms in personal injury litigation as well as practising  in the areas of commercial law and leases ,property transactions , criminal law ,family law and defence work.

Although the Company was founded in 1980 its roots can be traced back as far as 1880 when one John Crowley, a great grand uncle of one of our founding partners founded the firm of Crowley Bolger and Cusack which traded on O’Connell Street in Dublin.  This practice had a long and distinguished record of service to the people of Dublin and was set up by John Crowley when he first commenced practice as a lawyer and was soon after joined by John Bolger and Michael Cusack. Michael Cusack’s family had a long association with the Gaelic Athletic Association - the national sports body in Ireland - which promotes hurling and gaelic football across the entire country.  The Grand Stand at Croke Park (which is our National Sports Stadium) known as the famous Cusack Stand takes its name from Michael Cusack’s own family.  Eamon J Crowley born in 1919 took charge of this practice when he joined his uncle George Crowley there in 1942 and practised with him throughout the 1940's and later he became the principle of the firm.  The company continued trading and specialised in company and commercial law, trusts and taxation as well as more general areas of legal practice.  The company was the subject of a take over and sale in early 1973 and it was the son of Eamon J Crowley who chose a career in law who then went on to be a founder the firm of Collins Crowley Solicitors.

 

Collins Crowley first carried on practice as a law firm in Merrion Square in the centre of Dublin City, beside government buildings and the Houses of Parliament (Dail Eireann) and initally concentrated on developing a criminal law practice before moving to operate in other areas of law. In 1985 the firm moved to Kildare Street and practised from number 30 Kildare Street again right opposite the main entrance gates of Parliament.  The premises 30 Kildare Street was once the home of Bram Stoker one of Ireland’s most famous writers and the author of probably the worlds most famous novel, Dracula. Bram Stoker (1847 – 1912) devoted his life to literature and although best remembered for the classic vampire story he also wrote a number of other articles dealing with futuristic and occult themes.  The firm carried on business from Kildare Street for a period of twenty years during which time they were the leading lawyers in cases of national and international importance.  They represented the Society of Protection of Unborn Children in constitutional cases concerning the right to life of the unborn which were heard in Irelands highest courts and later argued in the European Court of Human Rights.  These cases concerned attempts to introduce abortion into Ireland by way of setting up clinics and referring clients to abortion clinics in London and also the interpretation of the right to life amendment inserted in our Constitution where the State guarantees to protect the life of the child in the womb with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother. It was as a result of these cases that life in the womb has more protection in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. There continues to be a prohibition on abortion here subject to the recently passed legislation known as The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act.

 

The firm was also the legal representatives of the Anti Divorce Campaign which challenged the outcome of a referendum in 1995 (where the winning margin was just .01%) to provide for divorce in Ireland - the first time this had ever been done in the history of the State or indeed in the history of Europe.  The case was successful on several counts and introduced guidelines on how public funds should be spent in government national campaigns. The Government is now prohibited from spending funds or tax payers money in campaigns to change the Constitution or to promote their own political agenda and the case had wide ranging national consequences.

 

The firm was also responsible for changes in the manner inquests were conducted in cases of a likely suicide.  It  represented a family where a member had been the subject of a suicide verdict and successfully challenged the right of an inquest to reach such a verdict.  This case led to major changes in the Coroner Legislation of this country and  the eventual decriminalisation of suicide. 

 

The firm was also the legal representatives of the Applicant  in the international case Blaise Metock and Others v the Minister of Justice , Equality and Law Reform heard in the European Court of Justice in 2008 where it was successful and which was the subject of much media coverage throughout Europe.  It ruled upon the right of a non European Union spouse married to a European Union citizen or a family member to live and work in a European Union country as long as that was not their European Unions spouse’s national country of origin.  As a result of this case if you are married to a European Union Citizen you can live in any country of the E U along with your spouse other than your spouses own national country.  The case effected several million people in Europe and thousands throughout Ireland of all nationalities and brought about major changes in the manner Ireland incorporates European Union Directives. The firm continues to conduct an extensive practise in the area of asylum and immigration law and human rights and has a designated web site  www.irishvisabureau.com devoted to asylum law and immigration.

 

The firm now practices on Bridge Street, Citygate, Dublin 8 and is one of leading firms in personal injury and defence litigation as well as practising in the areas of commercial law and leases,property transactions, employment, criminal law and family law.