Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (172)

Finian McGrath

Question:

172. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount that has been spent on legal costs, that is, fees, expenses and so on by his Department and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a breakdown of the individual agencies and costs incurred by them for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. [51076/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department generally avails of the legal services of the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, however, occasionally engages private Solicitor firms and Junior and Senior Counsel. Details of such engagements are provided in the table below.

With regards to the State Bodies under my Department’s remit, any legal costs are an operational matter for the State Bodies concerned.

Year

Name of Firm

Reason for procurement

Amount paid

(€)

2009

PP Ryan & Co. Solicitor

Legal Advice

185

-

Arthur Cox Solicitors

Legal advice on foreshore issues

125,790

-

Arthur Cox Solicitors

Professional Fees for advising DAFF on the release of restrictive covenants as to use of property located in Killybegs FHC

30,414

-

Martin E Marren Solicitors

Professional Fees re: Exchange of land at Rough Point.

3,645

-

Donnchadh McCarthy

Advice, Consultations, and Negotiations.

15,175

-

Dowling Kilpatrick

Swearing a variety of affidavits

246

-

Ted Harding

Advice, Consultations and Representation

12,393

-

Marjorie Farrelly

Advices, Consultation and Representation

4,084

-

Total for 2009

191,932

2010

PP Ryan & CO. Solicitor

Legal Advice

82,041

-

Martin E Marren Solicitors

Professional Fees re: Exchange of land at Rough Point.

24,612

-

D P Barry & Co

Professional Fees re Exchange of land at Rough Point.

3,600

-

Noel Whelan

Advices, Consultations and Representations

33,148

-

Dowling Kilpatrick

Swearing a variety of affidavits

262

-

Kennedy Fitzgerald Solicitor

Drafting summonses and attendance at Court

1,200

-

Total for 2010

144,863

2011

Rita Kilroy, S.C.

Attendance at a court case

150

-

Dowling Kilpatrick

Swearing affidavit

42

-

M.G. Ryan & Co. Solicitors

Legal fees

185,855

-

Colm Ó hOisín S.C.

Legal fees

43,560

-

Total for 2011

229,607

2012

Michael D Murray & Co, Solrs

Legal Fees: District Court Case Dept v Shannon Side Foods Ltd

4,674

-

Dowling Kilpatrick

Swearing a variety of affidavits

220

-

Total for 2012

4,894