Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach

Estimates for Public Services 2021 (Resumed)
Vote 1 - President's Establishment (Revised)
Vote 2 - Department of the Taoiseach (Revised)
Vote 3 - Office of the Attorney General (Revised)
Vote 4 - Central Statistics Office (Revised)
Vote 5 - Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Revised)
Vote 6 - Office of the Chief State Solicitor (Revised)

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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They set out the information in general terms. For example, fees to counsel are mentioned and there is a reference to 40% of the expenditure of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It would be interesting to get deeper information on the individuals who are in receipt of this money from the State and any other information the Minister of State can give us on those legal costs. While we are discussing legal costs, is there any intention to reform or review the workings of these offices, especially the DPP?