Thursday 22 February 2018

€6m wasted on minor Lissadell dispute

THE article by Anita Guidera, ‘Future of the old grey mansion now uncertain’ (Irish Independent, December 21) on the court case involving Countess Markievicz's old home, Lissadell House, points out that the legal bill ran to €6m. These are scandalous costs to cover what is essentially a minor dispute regarding rights of way.

What is even more disturbing is that a good percentage of the fees is likely to be borne by the taxpayer, due to Sligo County Council’s involvement in the case.

At what point did it become normal that a relatively innocuous property dispute can cost up to €6m? Over the course of the 58-day hearing (which is in itself ridiculous) the average daily cost appear to have been in excess of €103,448. Those engaged in the legal profession are grossly overpaid.

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