The Lawyer Inquiry: Declan Moylan

Declan Moylan is partner in charge of marketing at Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran. He was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1950 and now lives in Dublin.

What was your first job?

Guide for tourist fishermen on Lough Conn, County Mayo.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u40 a week from a small firm of solicitors in Dublin. (In view of my limited street wisdom this was hugely over generous.)

What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

Something like journalism or television work or even acting.

Which law could you happily live without?

Any edict from Brussels, not absolutely necessary for free trade, which is destined to dilute the individuality of nations.

What car do you drive?

Alfa Romeo 155 (my fifth Alfa).

Who inspires you?

Irishmen – John Hume; Englishmen – Jack Charlton.

What's the best thing on TV?

Channel Four news.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Whatever happens to be Neil Jordan's latest.

What makes you seethe?

Mindless political correctness.

What's your most-worn piece of clothing?

My raincoat of course.

What is the worst piece of architecture.

If I can demolish an entire district in one go, La Defense, west of Paris.

What book are you reading at the moment?

'Culture of Complaint', by Robert Hughes.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy Birthday' to JFK.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?

Given the overcrowded profession we have in Ireland I would advise combining a legal qualification with a business degree.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Sitting beside a turf fire in a quiet bar in Connemara, County Galway, with the winter outside, a big black pint, the day's papers and no thought of work until Monday morning.