Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (311)

Seán Kenny

Question:

311. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide details of the amount in legal fees incurred by the Commission for Public Service Appointments for the year to date and for each of the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21491/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) is responsible for overseeing the conduct of appointment processes to a wide range of positions in the Civil and Public Service.  In carrying out its independent statutory functions, the CPSA must, on occasions, seek independent legal advice on issues that come to light in the course of its examination of appointment processes.  The following legal fees were incurred by the CPSA for each of the last four years;

Year

Amount

2010

€26,000

2011

€22,000

2012

€1,000

2013

€35,000

The  CPSA's expenditure on legal fees up to 9 May 2014 was €26,000. All the outlay on legal costs  in 2013 and in 2014 to date are on foot of the CPSA's involvement in one Judicial Review case.  The case itself is ongoing and more fees are likely to arise.