Thursday 22 August 2019

Legal fees: RTÉ spent over €1m on lawyers, admin costs and experts

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Gabija Gataveckaite

RTÉ spent more than €1m in legal fees last year.

The broadcaster spent €1,075,583 on legal costs in 2018, including fees paid for administrative costs, such as room hire.

The fees also included payments to barristers, law firms, speech transcribers and technical experts.

In documents released to the Irish Independent under the Freedom of Information act, the broadcaster said it engages with a variety of legal experts. "Like all large organisations, RTÉ engages a wide range of legal experts relating to various elements of its operations," documents containing the figures stated.

"The legal costs paid for in 2018 included fees paid to barristers providing legal advice to RTÉ, payments for expert advice from several different law firms regarding various legal issues and administration fees such as room hire, stenographers, technical experts etc."

When contacted by the Irish Independent, the State broadcaster did not have any further comment to make.

In response to the figures, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) said it will shortly begin its annual review of the broadcaster.

"The BAI is shortly due to commence its 2018 annual review of performance and public funding for RTÉ for the 2018 financial year, pursuant to section 124 of the Broadcasting Act 2009," said a spokesperson for the BAI. The regulator said expenditure is one of the means of measuring performance.

Irish Independent

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