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Friday 19 January 2018

Government hiring costly expert help on reforms

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

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.

Irish Independent

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