A&L Goodbody’s Banking Department build a library.
On Friday 3rd of October, the Banking Department of A&L Goodbody headed down to St Joseph’s Co-ed School, East Wall, the same school they deliver one of the Suas’ Literacy Support programmes, to help them create a library for their school. 45 people got involved in all the various tasks needed to build a library, which included everything from barcoding, scanning, laminating, labelling to drilling, hammering and building shelves.
This is something the school has been meaning to do for a number of years but never had the resources to support it. Niall Heneghan, the principal of the school said:
” Friday was a wonderful success. We are so appreciative of all of the work done by the A&L team. We really got through a serious amount of work on the day. The link between the school and yourselves is something really positive and it means a great deal to us to have it”
The creation of the library reflects the firm’s main community focus of supporting the serious issue of underachievement of literacy in their local community.
Other departments within the firm have also supported other A&L Goodbody’s community partners such as the Peter McVerry Trust. The Restructuring and Insolvency Department and Marketing Department were involved in horticultural projects throughout the summer in residential centres belonged to the Peter McVerry Trust. The firm supports the Peter McVerry Trust every year through their participation and organisation of the major fundraiser, the Calcutta Run.
Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award
A&L Goodbody has been ranked Ireland’s most innovative law firm for the second year running at the prestigious Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards. A&L Goodbody was recognized for its innovative approach to its international expansion, client work and also for its Social Responsibility programme. In particular, their partnership with Suas in the delivery of their Literacy Support programme was highlighted. Since their partnership began two years ago, 130 A&L Goodbody people have delivered one-to-one paired reading programmes with 130 children from their local community. The aim of the programme is to raise the literacy skills of children between the ages of 8 and 14 years.