Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2876)

Shane Cassells

Question:

2876. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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. [32285/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department seeks, where possible, to minimise legal costs and avails of the services of the Chief State Solicitor's office, the Attorney General's Office and the State Claims Agency in terms of the provision of legal advice and representation of the Department in Court cases.

The following table sets out details in relation to external legal services provided directly to my Department by legal firms from 2011 to date in 2019. The table does not include costs associated with the Planning Tribunal.

Company name

Details of legal fees/services

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

Total (€)

A&L Goodbody

Legal advice on weather services

10,374

A&L Goodbody

Legal advice on Water Abstraction

23,985

23,985

Arthur Cox

Drafting of Foreshore licences and leases

88,402

Arthur Cox

Legal Advice on Foreshore Consent Issues

37,904

113,110

33,070

20,767

39,010

81,415

55,180

Arthur Cox

Legal Advice - Pyrite Panel

6,127

Arthur Cox

Professional Fees Aug-Dec 2018 in relation to Land Development Agency

171,146

Arthur Cox

Professional Fees Jan-June 2019 in relation to Land Development Agency

102,716

Eamon Galligan

Legal Advice -proposed amendment to section 261A of the Planning and Development Act 2000

2,433

1,353

Eversheds Sutherland

Legal advice - PPP Bundles (procurement/tenders)

48,922

167,200

22,407

Geoffrey Fox

Drafting of EU (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations) 2018

43,050

Margaret Gray BL

Drafting of regulations to comply with EU Directive 2003/35/EC

7,622

Mason Hayes & Curran

Provision of Employment Law Advice

566

Matheson Ormsby Prentice

Review of terms and conditions of Waste Resources Market Development Programme

312

McCann Fitzgerald

Professional services relating to 2015 supplier dispute

2,568

McDowell Purcell Solicitors

Legal Advice – Dublin Docklands Development Authority

6,467

6,654

McKeever Solicitors

Witnessing signature of an affidavit

10

Patrick Butler SC

Independent non-statutory review of files held by the Department

8,610

Rochford Brady Group

Legal Search

23

TOTAL

€164,605

€387,406

€224,265

€22,407

€20,767

€42,032

€87,882

€69,314

€106,710