Saturday 20 January 2018

Colum Kenny: Report lashes lawyers as cost of tribunals continues to spiral

Concerns are growing that due process is trumping justice in our courts, writes Colum Kenny

'Exorbitant" fees are being charged to the taxpayer by lawyers. The State's "kid-glove approach" to lawyers means that it does not even know exactly how much it pays for legal advice.

In a parting shot by outgoing members of the Oireachtas, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report on the procurement of legal services by public bodies. The PAC is especially worried about the tribunals at Dublin Castle.

Some lawyers have made almost €10m each out of long-running tribunals, which some other lawyers regard as an institutional embarrassment. The full bill has yet to be paid for the tribunals. When it is, citizens may want to burn the barristers as well as the bondholders.

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