Monday 19 March 2018

Legal tender

•Reports of the impertinent and outrageous claims for a severance payment of up to €30,000 by each of the barristers appointed to the Moriarty Tribunal legal team come after this legal team had already been paid almost €33m for input to the tribunal.

The Moriarty Tribunal sat for an average of 20 days in the three years between 2008 and 2010. But each of the three senior counsels was paid €2,500 per day, for 304 days, in 2008. Additional payments estimated at €1m were paid to senior counsel when a proposed reduction in 2002 to their per diem rate was not implemented and the original higher rate was sanctioned on a personal basis.

The scale of these costs and the absurdity of these claims aptly demonstrate the urgent and compelling need for the radical reform of the legal professions and promptly ending the combined role of the Bar Council and the Law Society regulating and representing the professions.

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