- 23 Nov 22
"Richard was a tireless advocate, both in proceedings and in the public arena," the Law Society of Ireland wrote.
Tributes are pouring in online for well-known Irish solicitor Richard Grogan, who has died aged 65, following a short illness. Grogan was famed for his videos on TikTok and Instagram, in which he made helpful information about employment law accessible to young people.
His TikTok videos – which he signed off with the catchphrase: 'That's the law, and that's a fact' – have garnered over 2.2 million likes.
Earlier this month, Grogan was named Lawyer of the Year at the Irish Law Awards 2022.
The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is among those who have paid tribute to the solicitor.
"Really sorry to hear that Richard Grogan has passed," he wrote on Twitter. "His videos on employment law were straightforward and informative. We all used to watch them in the Department. We have lost a servant of the people - that’s a fact."
The Law Society of Ireland, of which Grogan was a Council member, described him as "a tireless advocate, both in proceedings and in the public arena."
"We will miss his energy, humour, and deep commitment to the profession," they concluded.
Lawyers Against Homelessness also shared a tribute online, remembering their "esteemed and most generous colleague Richard Grogan who gave selflessly of his time, talent and genius to the homeless."
See more tributes to Richard Grogan below:
RIP Richard Grogan. He had been unwell for some months but wore his illness with bravery and stoicism. His work in making employment law accessible to the consumer and in the most simple terms will never be forgotten.
— Stuart Gilhooly (@PFAISolicitor) November 23, 2022
Labour youth are saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Grogan. A popular lawyer in the Irish tiktok community who informed and explained to many young people their legal rights. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. https://t.co/AQ9klT2hTN
— Labour Youth (@labouryouth) November 23, 2022
He helped out a lot of young workers and was able to communicate their rights effectively to them. This is a damn, damn shame. RIP Richard Grogan. That’s the law, and that’s a fact. ❤️
— Philip Downes (@philipd123) November 23, 2022
I’m so sorry to hear of Richard Grogan’s passing. He was always generous with his advice to his clients and the media. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace. https://t.co/MBDGOp0Ceo
— Ingrid Miley (@ingridmileyRTE) November 23, 2022
Young workers in Ireland, regardless of industry but from my experience in healthcare, are vulnerable to exploitation.
Richard Grogan will be sorely missed for his bite-sized and memorable employment law advice, and I hope more public educators like him arise to fill this need.
— Dr. Shubhangi Karmakar 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@Repealist_) November 23, 2022
💙💛 RIP to UCD alumnus and 'TikTok solicitor' Richard Grogan, who passed away after a short illness.
A @UCDLawSchool grad, the employment law expert became an unlikely social media star for his videos sharing his expertise and his catchphrase: “That's the law and that's a fact" pic.twitter.com/0YDk3p6sWb
— University College Dublin (@ucddublin) November 23, 2022
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