323. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there is a cap on the legal aid a barrister or solicitor and their firms can make in divorce cases; if there is a disincentive for them to prolong such cases (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12191/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Legal Aid Service Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Civil legal aid in the State is delivered through the Legal Aid Board pursuant to the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 and the Civil Legal Aid Regulations 1996 - 2017.‚Ä©Legal aid in judicial separation and divorce cases is generally provided by solicitors who are employees of the Legal Aid Board. As such, their terms and conditions of employment are those applicable in the Civil Service generally and there is no distinction as to the type of ca...