Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2217)

Shane Cassells

Question:

2217. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment 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. [32277/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department administers a very diverse and complex brief. Its remit includes oversight of very complex policy areas and direct procurement of major services where protection of the State’s interest must be paramount. This situation necessarily requires my Department to procure specialist external professional advice in legal areas to enable it to discharge its responsibility to deliver quality services and protect the interests of the State and the taxpayer. In procuring specialised legal services, my Department always seeks to ensure value for money and the keeping of expenditure to the minimum necessary.

The information requested is outlined in the following table.

Year

Cost

2011

€335,335

2012

€102,222

2013

Nil

2014

€57,121

2015

€718,220

2016

€686,449

2017

€3,161,039

2018

€1,808,244

To date 2019

€738,707