Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
University of Limerick Financial Report 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael)
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I thank the chancellor and the president very much for being here and for dealing with the queries being raised. With regard to the accounts for 2020, I note that the total expenditure on legal matters was €926,000. That sounds extremely high. Even at €400 an hour, that is 2,320 hours. I am being generous with that €400 an hour. At 40 hours a week, that is 58 weeks of legal advice. That sounds extremely high. Are there a number of major legal proceedings ongoing? How did that figure arise?