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Michael Gavin Financial Elder Abuse

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85 Year Old Michael Gavin wants to Raise Funds to Sue Solicitors and Family that were the cause of his Elder Abuse.


They took advantage of Michael's kind nature and tricked him into minding the farm animals of his late brothers estate for over 9 years.

Michael believes that the Grant Money paid down from the Department of Agriculture is to feed the Animals, NOT the Greedy Solicitor and Beneficiaries who did nothing but cause trouble and squandered the estate assets.

Financial Elder Abuse of the Highest Order shame on them!

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Michael Gavin and his brother Pat lived together all their lives over 70 years in their humble home Dundonnell, Taughmaconnell in south Roscommon. After Pat died intestate on 10th October 2005, Michael Gavin continued farming and caring for the farm animals as he had always done.

The Department of Agriculture appointed Michael Gavin herd keeper for the animals after his brother’s death. Robert Marren Solicitor refused to award Michael compensation from the grant moneys paid down from the department.

Elder Abuse by Tony McLynn Solicitor Athlone


Michael Gavin offered to buy the farm from the next of kin beneficiaries, but they would agree to nothing and matters came to a head when under the guidance of Tony McLynn Solicitor Athlone they summoned Michael to the High Court in Dublin in an effort to sell the house (Michael's Home) along with the farm, making out that they would have difficulty selling the farm on its own.

Their Solicitor Tony McLynn  of T&N McLynn Solicitors, Athlone was well aware that Michael had a right to reside in the family home for the rest of his days as per his fathers will, but that did not prevent them squandering the Estate Assets.

Three days in total were spent in the High court, the first of which they did not attend, the second they spent in a waiting room arguing among themselves and on the phone to other beneficiaries in the United States of America. Finally on the third day Judge Mary Laffoy refused their request to sell the roof over his head.

Elder Abuse by Robert Marren Solicitor


The High Court appointed Robert Marren  Solicitor, Mullingar administrator for the estate.

Subsequently Michael Gavin and his sister Eileen Linney had one and only one meeting with Mr. Robert Marren Solicitor at his office located on Castle Street Mullingar, at which he enquired if they had their wills made.

He informed them he intended to hire an additional accountant to oversee the accounts. Michael Gavin and Eileen Linney profusely objected to this and told him it was an unnecessary expense for the estate, but he bulldozed ahead regardless.

The issue of non-payment of grants from the Department of Agriculture to Michael Gavin the appointed herd keeper used up many a letter and despite the fact that 2 of his estranged sisters Anne Sanford, Wellesley, Mass USA & Kathleen O’Keefe, Glanmire, Cork promised to buy feed stuffs and also promised that he would be reimbursed at closing.

Michael never got a cent and in essence he was forced to use his old age pension and savings to feed the animals that would have starved otherwise for 9 years.

They had no objection to accepting the gross payments from the sale of the animals, and although Mr Marren “made a decision” to finally accept his claim to owning half of the cattle and all of the sheep he could not see the logic to paying out the grant monies associated with same.

The beneficiaries fail to accept that Michael Gavin is entitled to half the farming profits (i.e. half the net proceeds of the Department of Agriculture Grants from 2005-2013 inclusive, after deduction of Income Tax paid in respect of the joint farming operation) and/or in the alternative, fair compensation for work done and services rendered by Michael Gavin in looking after the deceased’s animals over the period.

How can the estate expect to have it both ways? Michael Gavin should be awarded either the grant monies paid by the Department of Agriculture for the nine years he looked after all the animals, or in the alternative Michael should be paid reasonable farm labours wages and refunds for the expenses incurred in running the farm as appointed herd keeper by the Department of Agriculture.

Elder Abuse by Family

Anne Sanford, Kathleen O’Keefe and the next of kin namely Mike Harte, Brenda Harte Waters, Michelle Harte, Philomena Duffy, Patrick Duffy, Catherine Duffy Kelly and Noel Duffy cannot have it both ways.

They cannot on the one hand expect to receive the monies from the sale of Michael Gavin’s late brother Pat Gavin’s livestock together with the gross payments received from the Department of Agriculture, without incurring any expense for the minding, looking after and caring for the animals down through the years.

Catherine O’Conner’s Account Summary 24/02/2012 shows that throughout the entire farming period between 2005 and 2012 the cattle sales came to a figure of €46,589 and the expenses came to a figure of€45,918.

Accordingly, the expenses in running the farm were almost equal to the proceeds of sale of livestock.

Therefore the profit from the farming operation represented the monies received each year from the Department of Agriculture under the single Payment Scheme, the Disadvantaged Area Scheme and any other Schemes of the Department of Agriculture, less any income tax payable to the state arising out of the farming operation.

Those spoken to in relation to this matter FAIL to see the logic to the beneficiaries reluctance to see reason in this matter, how do they expect Michael Gavin to labour for free for 9 years at his own expense and pay vets fees and fodder to fatten cattle so that those that do nothing can reap the rewards of the GROSS profits.

Michael Gavin believes with every bone in his body that he is entitled to be paid for the work done and services rendered and monies expended by him in looking after his brother’s livestock from the time his brother died up to the time the animals were sold, this you will appreciate involved the daily herding and looking after the animals to include feeding of the animals in Winter months to include purchase of food stuffs and discharging vets fees etc.

By denying Michael Gavin a half share in the profits it means that Michael Gavin WAS WORKING FOR NOTHING over the years in question from October, 2005 through to 2013. This is totally unjust and totally unacceptable.

Michael Gavin will not accept the present situation which is totally unfair and leaves him without any compensation whatsoever for his time and trouble in looking after the animals on behalf of the estate and also deprives Michael Gavin of any profit he may have earned in the rearing and looking after his own animals.
Please find on the website  a detailed breakdown of the net amount€116,789.11 due to Michael Gavin out of the Single Payment Entitlements representing his ½ share in the profits from farming the lands, which was also sent to Mr. Robert B. Marren, Solicitor, on the 5th of December, 2015 for his consideration.

You will note that all Michael is looking for is his fair share of the profits in the running of the farm and fair compensation for the work he did in looking after the animals.

The lands were eventually auctioned and Michael Gavin’s 2 estranged sisters Anne Sanford, Wellesley, Mass USA & Kathleen O’Keefe, Glanmire, Cork placed the winning bid, however did not close in the required 30 day time frame.

The 2 sisters got the consent from the remaining next of kin to waive their share, so they were required to hand over just 1/3 of the purchase money with the agreed condition that they would cover the expenses associated with the Property Auction.

They visited with Michael twice and requested that he buy the property of them and then suggested they would put the land up for sale but never did.

Mr. Robert Marren Solicitor refused to pay out Michael Gavin and his sister Eileen Linney’s share of the proceeds from the land sale despite the fact that he had same in his possession for nearly 2 years.

He went on to threaten them that he intended to distribute the Estate Assets if they did not hire a Solicitor to issue proceedings to prevent him doing so despite their founded objections, namely €116,789.11 compensation for minding the animals for 9 years and the amount awarded to each for the land sale was short €12,500 each plus interest from the time Mr. Marren Received the funds.

Elder Abuse by Tony Henry Solicitor

Instructions were given to Tony Henry Tormeys Solicitors Athlone through their family Solicitor John Glynn Patrick Hogan & Co. Ballinasloe, to engage with Mr. Robert Marren on their behalf.

However Tony Henry, Tormeys Solicitor did not undertake these instructions, nor did he inform them. So Michael and Eileen did not realize what had happened until the deficient checks arrived in the post.

Michael and Eileen met with Mr. Tony Henry Tormeys Solicitors Athlone, some 2 weeks after, however he saw no fault in what he done or failed to do for that matter.

He suggested they could engage him to sue Mr. Marren at a cost of up to €100,000, 3 years in court and advised Michael to take his age of 83 years into consideration.

Elder Abuse by Law Society of Ireland

Complaints were made to the Law Society of Ireland with regard to Mr Robert Marren’s Administration of the Estate and Mr. Tony Henry Tormeys Solicitors Failure to undertake explicit instructions.

Needless to say no fault was found. Then Tony Henry had a cheek to scribe the letter he did to Eileen Linney a defenceless widow.

The letter arrived the day before the letter from the Independent Adjudicator’s who, no surprise found no fault in the manner in which the Law Society of Ireland dealt with the complaints made.

Begs the question how come Henry knew before they did and why did he not act as speedily to undertake the instructions given him on their behalf originally?

Michael and Eileen were later informed that Robert Marren refused to pay John Glynn, Solicitor, Patrick Hogan & Co. until they stopped threatening him as he puts it by reporting him to the Law Society of Ireland.

Also a reliable source told them that Willie Penrose TD BL stated he had not received his payment from Robert Marren, Solicitor, Mullingar. When this was reported to the Law Society they threatened to block further emails.

Elder Abuse by Willie Penrose TD BL

Letters registered and certified were sent to Willie Penrose TD BL to inform him that a file was being prepared for the Garda Fraud Squad in relation to Mr. Robert Marren’s administration of the estate of Michael Gavin’s late brother Patrick Gavin’s estate.

Peter D. Jones State Solicitor acting for Robert B. Marren wrote to elderly 84 year old Michael Gavin threatening him not to peaceful protest outside his client’s office in Mullingar.

Elder Abuse by Peter D Jones State Solicitor

Michael Gavin and his followers defied Mr. Peter D. Jones State Solicitor and held 2 further peaceful protests outside Mr. Robert B. Marren’s office, then wrote to Peter D. Jones State Solicitor and informed him that a file was being prepared for the Garda Fraud Squad and requesting documentary evidence of 7 items and answers to 20 questions in relation to his client Mr. Robert Marren’s administration of the estate of Michael Gavin’s late brother Patrick Gavin’s estate.

The Garda Fraud Squad have since completed the investigation on the above mentioned parties and submitted their findings to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

However the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have made a decision not to prosecute. Follow this link  to read our response to DPP.

Michael Gavin and Eileen Linney feel they have exhausted all avenues of seeking Justice and have no alternative but to hire the best Barrister they can to Sue for what was wrongly taken from them.

You have our word that all funds received will be used to combat Financial Elder Abuse.

Please support a worthy cause and lets send a clear message to the Judiciary and others involved that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour to our most vulnerable in society.


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