McDowell's €100k in State fees for work in the courts
Former Tanaiste Michael McDowell last year received in excess of €100,000 in fees from the State for work he carried out in the civil courts.
According to figures provided by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mr McDowell, a senior counsel, was one of 350 barristers to share €12.34m in fees paid out by the Chief State Solicitor's Office (CSSO) last year.
The spend represents an increase of 30pc on the €9.5m, including VAT, paid out to barristers by the CSSO in 2012.
Mr McDowell retired from party politics in 2007 after losing his Dail seat and returned to his legal career at the Law Library.
The figures provided by Mr Kenny to Terence Flanagan TD in a written Dail response show that Mr McDowell last year received €100,780 in fees, including VAT, from the CSSO.
The €100,780 represents a sharp increase on the €27,256 Mr McDowell received in fees from the State in 2012.
One of the cases that Mr McDowell represented the State in last year was TD Joan Collins's unsuccessful High Court challenge to the Government issuing of €31bn promissory notes in favour of Anglo Irish Bank and the Educational Building Society.
However, the fees received by Mr McDowell put him outside the top 30 earning barristers from the CSSO.
The figures show that one barrister received over €400,000 – with Paul McGarry SC receiving €406,266.
And three others received between €300,000 and €400,000 – with Siobhan Stack SC receiving €396,507; Eugene Regan SC receiving €324,689 and Anthony Moore BL receiving €300,166.
The figures show that a further six barristers received fees between €200,000 and €300,000, and 22 others received fees between €100,000 and €200,000.