Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (357)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

433 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if costs can be estimated to determine the State's exposure in regard to those attending the Mahon tribunal who intend to seek repayment of costs; the plans the State has to meet these costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3653/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The costs of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments fall to be met from the Vote of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The future legal costs of the tribunal cannot be estimated by my Department at this stage as these depend on the progress of its business by the tribunal and on decisions by the tribunal with regard to costs of witnesses.