Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (146)

Bobby Aylward


146. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if members of an authority (details supplied) are required to provide a tax clearance certificate under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (as amended); if so, his views on same; his plans to take further action on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48113/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority, which is independent in the performance of its functions, comprises eleven members including a lay majority and a lay Chair whose names are put forward for nomination by ten nominating bodies prescribed in the Act to represent a balance of interests between legal service providers and those consumers who avail of their services. The members of the Authority are appointed from those nominees by the Government, a resolution approving such appointment having been passed by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann.

Under this framework, the terms of membership of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority are governed by the relevant provisions set out in Part 2 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, particularly section 9 of the Act which sets out the relevant membership qualifications, criteria and procedures.

Beyond that, it would not be appropriate for me to comment specifically on the issue raised by the Deputy as I understand it concerns matters that are the subject of ongoing court proceedings and are, therefore, sub judice .