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Defence team in 'Mr Moonlight' case shared €1m in year

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Pat Quirke. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Pat Quirke. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Pat Quirke. Picture: Steve Humphreys

The defence team that represented Patrick Quirke in the 'Mr Moonlight' murder trial shared just under €1m in legal aid payments for all of their defence work in the criminal courts last year.

That is according to new figures, which show that legal aid payments to lawyers increased by 1.3pc from €59.5m to €60.28m in the year.

The Quirke defence was made up of solicitor Michael Staines, Bernard Condon SC, Lorcan Staines SC and Edward Doocey BL and they shared a combined €971,498 last year for all of their legal aid work.

The trial was the longest running murder trial in the history of the State.

New figures released by the Department of Justice show that Mr Staines received €388,572 for his defence work in the criminal courts last year.

The barrister who led the defence team, Mr Condon, received €261,403 in legal aid fees and his colleague, Ms Staines received €161,587 in fees.

The fourth member of the defence team, Mr Doocey, received €159,936.

The amount each specifically received for the 'Mr Moonlight' trial is not disclosed.

Trial

Bobby Ryan (52), a part-time DJ known as 'Mr Moonlight', disappeared on the morning of June 3, 2011, after spending the night at his girlfriend Mary Lowry's home in Fawnagown, Co Tipperary.

Quirke (50) is serving a life sentence for murder following a trial that gripped the country. The conviction is currently under appeal.

The barrister who led the prosecution in the 'Mr Moonlight' trial, Michael Bowman SC, last year received €156,274 (excluding Vat) for his work in the case.

The legal aid figures show that Mr Bowman received an additional €393,574 for his work defending accused persons in the courts last year.

Irish Independent