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Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 105.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he will provide a breakdown of fees paid to counsel during each of the past five years by the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14924/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

Year Counsel   Amount
2007 Senior €7,634,574 €15,118,784
Junior €7,477,038
Counsel Travel1 €6,812
2008 Senior €8,313,321 €17,786,200
Junior €9,465,914
Counsel Travel €6,965
2009 Senior €6,705,959 €16,136,402
Junior €9,416,755
Counsel Travel €13,688
2010 Senior €4,624,971 €12,372,056
Junior €7,732,952
Counsel Travel €14,133
2011 Senior €3,696,641 €10,267,720
Junior €6,287,202
Counsel Travel €10,877

1Counsel Travel includes the cost of flights and accommodation for Counsel who travel to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Travel expenses are not paid to Counsel within Ireland.

Management of the expenditure in relation to Counsel Fees from 2008 outturn to 2011 outturn has seen a reduction in spend of 42%. The Office will continue to tightly control expenditure in this area.

 106.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he will provide a breakdown of general law expenses form the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14925/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Legal Expenses1 €1,715,362 €920,779 €671,436 €498,049 €523,115
Law Searches €114,308 €122,225 €104,342 €41,330 €72,816
Legal Cost Accountants €449,125 €568,186 €371,259 €386,279 €490,529
Stenographers Fees €709,804 €365,353 €270,915 €330,633 €293,595
Medical Fees €121,738 €45,888 €44,950 €59,892 €55,764
Attorney General’s Scheme €1,648,162 €2,949,225 €2,121,315 €2,625,596 €4,087,730
Total €4,758,498 €4,971,656 €3,584,216 €3,941,778 €5,523,549

1Legal Expenses comprise of Solicitor Costs and Services, Witness expenses and engineers fees.

 107.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he will provide a breakdown of administration, non-pay related, in the Offices of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the last three years. [14926/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

Non Pay Subhead 2009 2010 2011
Travel and Subsistence €51,289.34 €56,558.26 €61,373.29
Incidental Expenses €873,197.11 €946,824.14 €991,613.81
Postal and Telecoms €395,415.90 €368,702.59 €339,087.57
Office machinery and other office supplies €771,531.61 €738,569.81 €715,516.51
Office Premises Expenses €392,558.93 €359,189.90 €445,269.84
Consultancy €13,657.88 €18,237.88 €19,786.40
Local State Solicitors Services €149,285.16 €240,816.05 €146,796.81
  €2,646,935.93 €2,728,898.63 €2,719,444.23

 108.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he will provide a breakdown of moneys spent by the Office of the Chief State Solicitor on external legal services over each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14927/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

Year Amount
2009 €149,285
2010 €240,816
2011 €146,797

These payments are in relation to work carried out by the local State Solicitors in relation to ministerial prosecutions around the country. Ministerial prosecutions comprise mainly of social welfare and agriculture-related prosecutions.


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