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Saturday 23 March 2019

Labour defends offer to Gilmore's daughter by AG

Aine Kerr Political Correspondent

LABOUR has denied claims of cronyism after the daughter of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was asked to represent the State in a legal case.

Barrister Grainne Gilmore (28) was asked by the new Attorney General to be part of a legal team in a High Court case taken by objectors attempting to stop the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline.

The new Attorney General, Marie Whelan, was appointed by the Labour Party earlier this month.

But the party has denied allegations of a cosy relationship, pointing out that Ms Gilmore turned down the offer to work for the new AG and had carried out work for a previous AG under the Fianna Fail-led government.

It is understood Ms Gilmore, a barrister specialising in environmental law, worked for the former AG on "several occasions" when her father was on the opposition benches.

"She has undertaken work for the State during the period of office of the previous Attorney General," a Labour Party spokesman said. "She was offered a brief in this case but declined it as she had offered advice to other parties potentially involved."

The case involved attempts by objectors to stop the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline. The lawyers appointed to represent the State in this case are Niamh Hyland and Michael Cush.

Ms Gilmore currently teaches environmental law at Dublin Institute of Technology, having qualified as a barrister in 2008.

She previously completed a Master of European Law (LLM) at the College of Europe in Bruges and worked as a judicial extern for two US federal judges as well as a trainee at the European Commission's Legal Service (Internal Market and Environment) Unit.

She also taught EC Law, Environmental Law and Constitutional Law at NUIG.

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