Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Questions (678)

Alan Shatter

Question:

730 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Social Protection in respect of each of the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 if he will give details of the number of court cases initiated in each year in which he or his predecessor was named as a defendant; the number of such cases in each year initiated in the District Court, Circuit Court or High Court; the nature of the proceedings taken, for example, the number of cases in which damages were claimed, judicial review was sought of decisions made or were constitutional challenges and so on; whether in all such cases legal representation was provided by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and if not, by whom; if he will detail the legal costs incurred by his Department in each of the said years in respect of any such litigation and to provide a breakdown of same including details of fees paid to solicitors and barristers; to detail the number of cases in each of the aforesaid years that were lost and in respect of which he or the State was ordered to pay the plaintiff’s costs and the amount of costs so paid in each of the aforesaid years. [1641/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The information requested is currently being compiled within the Department and will be made available to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Question No. 731 answered with Question No. 729.