Tuesday 6 December 2016

Firms share €300k payout for research work

Simon Rowe

Published 11/09/2016 | 02:30

Professional services firm Mazars was paid some €180,000 for a report to be used in a scheduled criminal court case on foot of an investigation conducted by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) (Stock picture)
Professional services firm Mazars was paid some €180,000 for a report to be used in a scheduled criminal court case on foot of an investigation conducted by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) (Stock picture)

Two Dublin firms have shared payments totalling €300,000 from research work commissioned by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

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Professional services firm Mazars was paid some €180,000 for a report to be used in a scheduled criminal court case on foot of an investigation conducted by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the report, costing €177,545.80, "forms part of the evidence in a criminal prosecution by the DPP and will be detailed in court when the case is heard".

Her department said the case results from an ODCE investigation, which is why it is associated with the payment.

Meanwhile, Mason Hayes & Curran was paid €123,000 for a report entitled 'Tables of Destinations and Origins to Companies Act 2014'. The law firm was tasked with consolidating the unwieldy Companies Act 2014 - which contains 1,448 sections - into a user-friendly online reference guide.

"The successful tender was for a fixed price of €100,000 plus VAT for an estimated 1,200 hours' work, to be completed within a strict six-week period. The project team consisted of a core team of six personnel led by two partners of Mason Hayes & Curran with significant expertise and experience in company law and legislation generally," said t department spokesman.

The figures were outlined in a Dail reply by Ms Mitchell O'Connor when quizzed about the use of external consultants.

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