Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2063)

Shane Cassells

Question:

2063. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [32274/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department generally avails of the legal services of the Chief State Solicitor's Office and its own Legal Services Division. However, occasionally it engages private Solicitor Firms and Junior and Senior Counsel for external legal advice. The amount spent by my Department on external legal fees for the specified years is set out in the attached table. This includes expenditure on independent legal advice for the Agriculture Appeals Office.

Year

Expenditure incurred on External Legal Fees

2011

8,098

2012

1,047

2013

108,421

2014

112,784

2015

28,128

2016

37,574

2017

Nil

2018

14,404

2019

15,375