We’re living in a ghost town - says Buncrana solicitor

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A leading solicitor whose work load has been halved says it’s because Buncrana’s turned in to a ‘ghost town’ and it’s ‘going to get worse’.

Buncrana solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn has told the Journal he’s never seen anything like it in his 35 year career than what he’s seen in recent months.

He said the court in the town has become ‘very quiet’, halving his, and many other solicitor’s workloads.

He told the Journal: “There is nothing going on, people are not out drinking, We had one day there a while back and there was 21 young fellas left from Buncrana.

“There’s just nobody about. Things have slowed down, without a shadow of a doubt.

“We live in a ghost town, in 35 years practising I’ve never seen it as bad. We haven’t hit rock bottom yet, we have a long way to go.”

He said for many people who had gone through the courts and lost their licence it’s even more of a reason to upsticks for a life abroad.

And, the C S Kelly solicitor believes the problem is going to get worse.

He added: “It’s a disaster the whole thing. We were big time in a bubble.

“We all got used to a certain lifestyle. And we’re being asked to step back from it and we can’t.”

He said while there’s been a drop in criminal activity there has been an increase in family law, which he says may be a result of the recession and the financial strains it’s putting on marriages and family law arrangements.