4 Courts Dublin

20th December 2021



Please note that from the 20th of December 2021 onwards Dominic Dowling Solicitors will operate as a Limited Liability Partnership established in the Republic of Ireland.  Dominic Dowling LLP is regulated by the Law Society of Ireland and authorised by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority to operate as a Limited Liability Partnership under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.


As set out in the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (subject to the exceptions listed therein) a partner in Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland has no personal liability for any debts, liabilities or obligations which are incurred for the purposes of carrying on the business of Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland (whether these are liabilities of Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland of himself or herself or of another partner/member or partners or members in Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland or of any employee agent or representative of Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland) and howsoever such liability may arise.


The above relates only to the personal liability of partners and does not prevent or restrict the enforcement against the property of Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland or any debt liability or obligation.  The Partnership Act 1890 (Ireland) applies to Dominic Dowling LLP registered in Ireland to the extent that it is not inconsistent with Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.  Dominic Dowling LLP holds a policy of professional indemnity insurance with Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE of 2nd Floor, 55 Percy Place, Dublin 4



25th May 2018

Privacy Policy

Dominic Dowling Solicitors take data privacy seriously and we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This statement sets out how we, as a data controller, collect and process personal data about:

  • visitors to our website
  • individuals who we communicate or interact with in the course of our business
  • individuals whose personal data is provided to us in connection with the provision of our services

Our "website" includes this website, all our associated sites (such as our knowledge sites and blogs) and our social media pages (if any).

Information that we may collect

We only collect data about you which you volunteer to us when you e-mail or telephone us. We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • your name; -
  • your email address;
  • the time and date of your visit;
  • information that you provide by filling in forms on our Site.
  • Other information that is relevant to the provision of services


How we use and disclose your data

We use your data:

To communicate with you and /or others in the course of our business in the provision of legal services which may, with your permission, include providing information to legitimate third parties.

To maintain, operate and improve our website

To comply with our legal obligations

To process job applications

To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;

We may disclose it to a

  • Public authority in the event that we are required to do so by law
  • A third party where we are under a legal obligation to transfer it to that third party
  • A prospective seller or buyer of any of our assets or business
  • A third party where it is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person
  • Third parties who provide a service to us or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Dominic Dowling Solicitors, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.


In addition When you access our Site, your computer’s browser provides us with information such as your IP address, browser type, access time and referring URL which is collected and used to compile statistical data on the use of our Site. This information may be used to help us to improve our Site and the services we offer.

Security and where we store your personal data

We are committed to protecting the security of your data. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your data from unauthorised access and use. As effective as modern security practices are, no physical or electronic security system is entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

We have implemented strict internal guidelines to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded at every level of our organisation. We will continue to revise policies and implement additional security features as new technologies become available. Where we have given you a password which enables you to access certain parts of our Site, you are responsible for keeping that password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Although we will do our best to protect your data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site. Any transmission of data is at your own risk. Once we receive your data, we use appropriate security measures to seek to prevent unauthorised access.


Links to other websites

Our website may, from time to time, contain links to and from other websites. If you follow a link to any of those websites, please note that those websites have their own privacy policies and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for those policies. Please ensure that you check those policies before you submit any personal data to those websites.


Your Rights

You may request in writing copies of your Data held by us as data controller. We will provide you with a copy of the Data held by us as soon as practicable and in any event not more than 40 days after the request in writing. You will be required to provide proof of identification to verify your access request. All requests should be addressed to info@dalkeylaw.com

If your Data that we hold is inaccurate, please let us know and we will make the necessary amendments, erase or block the relevant Data as you request and notify you within 40 days of your request that the relevant action has been taken. All requests should be addressed to info@dalkeylaw.com or in writing to Dominic Dowling Solicitors, 37 Castle Street, Dalkey, County Dublin.

We will hold on to your personal Data only for as long as necessary for the purposes of providing access to our Site and related services to you or as required by law.

Changes to this privacy statement

We reserve the right to change this statement from time to time at our discretion. If we make any changes, we will post those changes here. Please review this statement periodically for updates. By continuing to use our Website after we post any such changes you accept and agree to the privacy statement as amended.

Contact Us

Questions, comments, requests and complaints regarding this statement and the personal data we hold are welcome and should be addressed to info@dalkeylaw.com or by writing to Dominic Dowling Solicitors 37 Castle Street Dalkey County Dublin. All requests will be dealt with promptly and efficiently.





(1954 - 2013)

It is frequently said of those who die unexpectedly that a gap is left behind that it will be impossible to fill. Never

was that truer than of Dominic Dowling, who died recently at the age of 58. He was a familiar figure at Mass in the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey each morning but, for Dominic, this was no empty routine. He carried his convictions into action in the wider community in a myriad of ways. He was involved in the merger of De La Salle RFC and Palmerston FC when such mergers were neither popular or commonplace. He acted as trustee of the

body that runs Rockbrook Park School in Rathfarnham and Hill House, and though taxed by what proved to be his final

illness, he helped and supported the schools until weeks before his death. Many people in Dalkey had reason to value

Dominic’s commitment and it was fitting that, on the day of his funeral, the flag over Dalkey Castle flew at half mast.

Dominic was enrolled as a solicitor in 1976 and went into the practice founded by his father, before entering into

partnership with Gerry Butler. It is nearly 20 years since he moved to Dalkey, where he was ably assisted by Jeanne Kelly who then went into partnership with him. As is often the way, the tone of a practice is set by its principals. Jeanne and Dominic led a team that was characterised by courtesy and quiet efficiency in all that they did. Large-scale  litigation and the requirements of clients, such as the Pharmaceutical Society, were served with the same determination and skill as the transactional and litigation needs of the community. Many will recall Dominic’s presidency of the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association, during which he was given honorary citizenship of the City of New Orleans and made an Honorary State Senator for the State of Louisiana. He served on the Education Committee and, later, the

Public Relations Committee of the Law Society, and was a valued member and friend to many of those administering

the profession. It reflected his desire to give back some of the good fellowship and support that he had enjoyed.

Professional fellowship was important to Dominic, but all other things were eclipsed by his family. He married his

beloved Ruth Shanley in 1978. Peter Shanley, Ruth’s brother, an accomplished senior counsel and then judge, was himself cut down suddenly and in his prime. It is a sad double blow for Ruth to have to shoulder. Both Ruth and Dominic viewed their children, Mark, Emma, Gina, Ruthie, Dominic and Rebecca, as their crowning achievement and the children have grown into the fine young men and women that Dominic and Ruth had hoped they would become. Mark and Gina joined Jeanne and Dominic in the firm. Others have found or are finding their own course. There was seldom an occasion, when meeting Dominic for business or some other matter, that he didn’t recount with pride and affection something that Ruth had done or the children had achieved. Nothing became Dominic in life as the manner of

his leaving of it. He bore an invasive and rapidly debilitating condition with fortitude. Those of us who were privileged to know him were impressed and amazed to find him still cheerily discussing rugby or some other matter within a short time of learning of his latest challenge. These things must come as little compensation now, both to Ruth and the children, but the fact that Dominic was able to smile through so much of that difficult time may yet prove to be another one of the gifts that this remarkable man gave us in his relatively short life.


Obituary with thanks to the Law Society Gazette and to Bendict Ó Floinn BL


Presidential Visit to Rockbrook:


On Wednesday 3rd March 2010 President McAleese made a Presidential Visit to Rockbrook Park School in Rathfarnham.  Dominic Dowling, as Chairman of the Board of Management, had the honour of welcoming the President to Rockbrook and following a brief tour of the school both the President and Dominic addressed the parents, students and teachers who were in attendance.   




Last updated 21/03/2013

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