Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Questions (227)

Clare Daly

Question:

227. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the substantial and costly legal representation being provided by Tusla to a family member of one of its employees. [24534/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Following clarification from the Deputy's office, I understand the question relates to fees paid to a family member of a Tusla, Child and Family Agency employee for the provision of legal services.

I understand that legal representation is procured by Tusla through an established framework,which seeks to obtain the best value for money at all times.

A solicitor, or firm of solicitors, which has been procured by Tusla in a particular case, will choose to select its own counsel (or barrister) to represent it in court. This decision-making process is part of the role of the procured legal firm.