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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Defence

Departmental Legal Services

Photo of Mairead FarrellMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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330. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount spent by his Department on external professional legal services in 2014, 2019 and 2020, in tabular form. [28298/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The expenditure incurred by my Department in respect of external legal fees in each of the years 2014, 2019 and 2020 is set out in the table below.

Year Amount
2014 €10,302
2019 Nil
2020 €122,114.35
The Chief State Solicitor's Office is responsible for the costs of the State's legal teams in litigation cases that it manages on behalf of my Department. The State Claims Agency (SCA) manages and provides legal representation in relation to personal injury cases taken against the Minister for Defence. External legal costs incurred by the SCA arising from the defence of any claims managed by the Agency for my Department are refunded to the Agency by the Department.


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