Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (144)

Denis Naughten

Question:

144. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will set out in tabular form, by reference to each named firm, the amount paid out in respect of legal fees during 2013 by his Department to law firms in or outside the State for services rendered to it; if he will provide in a similar format the amount paid out in respect of legal fees during 2013 by State bodies including commercial or non-commercial and regulatory bodies established by or under his Department, to law firms in or outside the State for services rendered to it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11869/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The payments made by my Department to legal firms during 2013 for services rendered to it are as follows:JD Scanlon Solicitors €258.30; Siobhan Fahy Solicitors €13,454.47; Patricia Martin Solicitors €4,044.90; A & L Goodbody Solicitors €8364.00; Arthur Cox Solicitors €12341.94. With regard to the public bodies under the aegis of my Department, arrangements and expenditure in relation to legal fees is an operational matter for each individual body and therefore the information requested is not collated centrally.