Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (253)

Denis Naughten

Question:

253. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will set out in tabular form, by reference each named firm, the amount paid out in respect of legal fees during 2013 by her Department to law firms in or outside the State for services rendered to it; if she 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 her Department, to law firms in or outside the State for services rendered to it; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11877/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Department made no payments to law firms in respect of legal fees for services rendered to it in 2013. The Department’s legal advisers are the Office of the Chief State Solicitor and the Office of the Attorney General. The statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection are the Citizens Information Board, the Pensions Board, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Social Welfare Tribunal. Payments to law firms by these statutory bodies for services rendered to them in 2013 is set out in the following tables.

The Pensions Ombudsman:

Law Firm

Amount - €

Matheson Solicitors

60,764

Eversheds

47,546

LK Shields

13,413

Paul Anthony McDermott BL

12,977

Nolan Farrell & Goff Solicitors

7,059

Arthur Cox Solicitors

4,167

Alan DP Brady BL

1,230

Total:

147,156

The Pensions Board:

Law Firm

Amount - €

Matheson Ormsby Prentice

18,276

A&L Goodbody

16,759

Mark Lyman

11,193

Michael Delaney

11,132

O’Donnell Sweeney

9,277

Remy Farrell

1,353

Mairéad McKenna

2,030

David Humphries

1,230

Total:

71,250

Citizens Information Board:

Law Firm

Amount - €

Mason Hayes Curran

78,485

There were no legal fees paid in respect of the Social Welfare Tribunal in 2013.