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Departmental Expenditure

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 1 July 2010

Thursday, 1 July 2010

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P. J. Sheehan

Ceist:

193 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport the amount paid by her Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29123/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Arts)

In general, whenever the Department requires legal services, it obtains these from the Office of the Attorney General and/or the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. Any associated fee costs are borne directly by those two Offices.

However, on occasion and in exceptional circumstances, the Department, including the National Archives, may obtain legal services from other sources. In each of the years since 2002 (the year in which the predecessor Department of my current Department was established), the fee costs associated with such other legal services are as set out in tabular form.

The expenditure in 2008 and later relates primarily to legal fee costs associated with the specialised and complex Public Private Partnership processes to redevelop both the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre. In the case of the agencies under the aegis of the Department, the securing of external legal services and the associated fee costs are a matter for the agencies themselves however I have requested the relevant information from the Agencies and will forward it to the Deputy.

Year

20021

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

20102

Legal Fees

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

€3,031

Nil

€250,802

€401,284

€21,568

1From June 2002.

2To date in 2010.

Question No. 194 answered with Question No. 12.
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