Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (118)

Shane Cassells

Question:

118. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the expenditure incurred in respect of external legal fees in each year since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32283/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

My Department generally seeks advice on domestic legal matters from the Office of the Attorney General and/or the Chief State Solicitor’s Office.

Depending on the subject-matter, litigation is dealt with on my Department’s behalf by the Attorney General’s Office, the Chief State Solicitor’s Office or the State Claims Agency which engage lawyers to act for the Department where necessary. The costs of any external solicitors or counsel engaged for such matters are not charged to my Department’s Votes.

The expenditure incurred in respect of external legal fees in each year since March 2011 is presented in tabular form below:

Year

Name

Cost

2019

Byrne Wallace

€2,339.95

The Department’s Missions abroad engage local legal advisers from time to time to deal with a range of miscellaneous matters.