Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (227)

Clare Daly


227. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the substantial and costly legal representation being provided by Tusla to a family member of one of its employees. [24534/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Following clarification from the Deputy's office, I understand the question relates to fees paid to a family member of a Tusla, Child and Family Agency employee for the provision of legal services.

I understand that legal representation is procured by Tusla through an established framework,which seeks to obtain the best value for money at all times.

A solicitor, or firm of solicitors, which has been procured by Tusla in a particular case, will choose to select its own counsel (or barrister) to represent it in court. This decision-making process is part of the role of the procured legal firm.