Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (67)

Shane Cassells

Question:

67. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence 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. [32279/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The expenditure incurred by my Department in respect of external legal fees for legal services in the period since March 2011 is set out in the following table.

Year

Amount

Commencing March 2011

€6,286.25

 2012

€30.00

 2013

€30.00

 2014

€10,302.00

 2015

€15,190.59

 2016

€9,213.67

 2017

€40.00

 2018

€645.75

 To date 2019

Nil

The Chief State Solicitor’s Office is responsible for the costs of the State’s legal teams in litigation cases that it manages on behalf of my Department. The State Claims Agency (SCA) manages and provides legal representation in relation to personal injury cases taken against the Minister for Defence.  External legal costs incurred by the SCA arising from the defence of any claims managed by the Agency for my Department are refunded to the Agency by the Department.