Dáil Éireann - Volume 654 - 15 May, 2008
Written Answers. - Departmental Contracts.
Deputy Jim O’Keeffe Deputy Jim O’Keeffe
Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the firms of solicitors or individual barristers which he has engaged on a contractual basis in the past 18 months; the purpose of that engagement; the fees already paid or an estimate of the fees expected to be paid by the conclusion of the tasks engaged for; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19172/08]
Deputy Micheál Martin Deputy Micheál Martin
Deputy Micheál Martin: Where my Department requires legal advice on matters other than those which are dealt with by the Department’s own Legal Division, such advice is usually provided by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office or the Office of Attorney General, who in turn may retain counsel if this is required. In particular circumstances, my Department may engage solicitors or barristers to assist on a particular matter within the State. However, no such engagements have been entered into within the past 18 months. In addition, the Department’s Missions abroad may need to engage local lawyers from time to time to advise on matters of local law.
Dáil Éireann 654 Written Answers. Departmental Contracts.