Dillon Eustace gets €3.44m in State fees
The Department of Finance and agencies under its remit spent €25.75m on legal fees last year new figures show.
The Central Bank spent €7.33m on legal fees, however, in a written Dáil reply to TD John Deasy (FG), Minister Michael Noonan said it has declined to provide the names of the firms paid "due to potential identification of ongoing cases".
The National Asset Management Agency (Nama), the Revenue Commissioners and other agencies did provide breakdowns.
Nama paid €9.7m in legal fees last year, with Dillon Eustace (€3.44m), and A&L Goodbody (€2.32m), sending in the biggest bills.
Beauchamps Solicitors (€814,550), Arthur Cox (€430,000), McDowell Purcell Solicitors (€306,750) and Quarles & Brady (€201,700) were also among those paid by Nama. The Department of Finance's largest payments last year were to William Fry (€249,529), and Arthur Cox (€237,982) - with both amounts partly recoupable.
The Revenue Commissioners paid solicitors €4.582m and €2.449m to barristers. That included Ivor Fitzpatrick Solicitors (€996,181), Mason Hayes & Curran (€937,446) and Limerick firm Holmes O'Malley Sexton (€776,580).
The biggest payment to barristers from Revenue include Gráinne Clohessy SC (€316,295), Conor Bourke BL (€194,057); Anthony Aston SC (€188,153); Benedict O'Floinn BL (€163,479); Aoife Goodman (€145,780); Jacqueline O'Brien BL (€126,998); Fergus Ryan BL (€105,682) and Kieran Binchy BL (€105,104).