Government hiring costly expert help on reforms
Published 18/02/2012 | 05:00
THE Government plans to hire outside experts to help drive its reform agenda.
Despite having a plethora of highly-paid advisers, independent legal firms are being asked to help extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act, introduce legislation protecting whistleblowers and compile a statutory register of lobbyists.
And the firm or individual chosen will be expected to work for up to 15 hours a week, on an 18-month contract.
A partner in a top legal firm charges about €300 an hour for services, meaning the bill could be as high as €350,000.
The successful tenders must have seven years' experience as a solicitor or barrister, and it would be "desirable" if they had some experience of working in a "public service environment". Bids must be received by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform by March 2.