485. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount his Department spent on external legal advice in each of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015; the names of each of the legal firms that provided advice to his Department in each of those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32917/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016)
Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): During the period 2013-2015 the main requirement for legal services in my Department was in the context of litigation, usually in the form of administrative law and personal injury proceedings. The Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the State Claims Agency managed and provided legal representation in relation to all cases taken against the Minister for Defence.
Outside of the cases managed by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the State Claims Agency, professional legal and advisory services were also supplied to my Department by a legal representative based in Lebanon in the years 2014 and 2015. Payments made in respect of these services were as follows: