Solicitor becomes first female county sheriff

Cork solicitor Sinead McNamara has become the first female county sheriff in Ireland.

Solicitor becomes first female county sheriff

Ms McNamara, who is originally from Cork City but now lives in Clonakilty, will be one of only four sheriffs in Ireland (two in Dublin and two in Cork), who combine the powers of Revenue Commissioners’ officials and county registrar.

As Cork County Sheriff, she will operate in liaison with the Departments of Justice and Finance and the Revenue Commissioners.

She will be responsible for enforcing court orders in civil debt, collection of outstanding tax debts on behalf of Revenue, as well as acting as returning officer in general elections and referenda.

Apart from the Cork and Dublin sheriffs, there are a dozen more “revenue” sheriffs throughout the country, whose powers are restricted to Revenue Commissioner matters, and whose primary responsibility is to collect taxes on behalf of the collector general.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms McNamara said she was honoured to be appointed to the role.

“It is a huge honour to be named as the first female county sheriff and I was delighted when Minister [Alan] Shatter shared the good news with me. I’m very much looking forward to the challenges associated with my new role,” she said.

As well as her new role, Ms McNamara is managing partner in Fitzgerald Solicitors in Lapp’s Quay in Cork. She manages a team that boasts extensive experience with complex issues arising for receivers, property developers, landlords, tenants, employers, and private clients.

She also represents some of the country’s main lending institutions in the areas of debt recovery and insolvency, including receiverships. She has extensive experience in advising banking and other creditors and insolvency practitioners on a wide range of insolvency and corporate recovery matters.

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