Laura Barry, the grand-daughter of District Court Judge Jack Barry and daughter of solicitor Diarmuid Barry, has been welcomed as a new solicitor at Donegal District Court.
Paudge Dorrian introduced the 30-year-old Donegal native and welcomed her on behalf of the Donegal Bar Association.
Ms Barry obtained an honours degree at NUI Galway and her professional qualification at the Law Society. She then practised in both England and with one of the biggest law firms in Australia.
Alongside her legal work, Ms Barry has also had a very distinguished career in journalsim. After completing her thesis on the human rights issue of bride trafficking, she made a documentary ‘Bride Trafficking Unveiled’. The programme, Mr Dorrian said, has been shown around the world and is now on the curriculum at many universities.
Inspector Denis Joyce welcomed her on behalf of the gardai, saying “She won’t do anything wrong if she follows the advice of her father.”
Judge Kevin Kilrane said he has served under Judge Barry and knows her father Diarmuid, that she comes from “a very respected legal stable” and he wished her well in her career.