Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
Legal Aid Service
349. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the health and safety concerns expressed by the managing solicitor and staff at a law centre (details supplied) in respect of proposed relocation of premises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10988/20]
The Legal Aid Board provides legal advice and aid under the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 and the Civil Legal Aid Regulations 1996-2017. The Board delivers these services through directly employed solicitors in its network of law centres around the country and through private solicitors from its private practitioner panels.
Section 3(3) of the Act provides that the Board shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, be independent in the exercise of its functions.
I have however had enquiries made with the Legal Aid Board on behalf of the Deputy, and I am advised that the Board is dealing with the matter to which the Deputy refers. I understand that it has for some years sought to obtain a new office premises as the existing location is no longer suitable for its needs. I am advised that a premises nearby to the current location has been identified which will more effectively meet the needs of clients and staff in the future, and that management remains available to meet with staff in this regard.