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The Irish Times reports this morning that, between August 2013 and October 2014, Irish Water spent almost €5.2million on legal fees. This bill included:

€3.6million to A&L Goodbody
€81,000 to Arthur Cox and Company
€46,411.95 to Mason Hayes and Curran
€1.3million to McCann Fitzgerald

Ruadhán MacCormaic, in the Irish Times this morning, reports:

“The total spend on lawyers’ fees is equivalent to one-third of the annual budget of the Office of the Attorney General, which provides legal advice to all Government departments…The figures on legal spending come at a time of increasing optimism among Dublin’s biggest law firms about their business prospects.”

Right so.

Irish Water spends more than €81,000 a week in legal fees (Ruadhaán MacCormaic, Irish Times)

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20 thoughts on “How Much?

  1. Clampers Outside!

    Ah yes, the Phil Hogan legacy continues to give, give, give…. he’s a wonderful man to have left us with all his genius set up work.

    I think I’ll get a pair of ice-mountain hiking spikes for Christmas. And use them to shave the fupps bald head for him with my twitchy leg.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I”ve seen the Phil Hogan method in action in various workplaces. I think there was a meme going around once calling these people Seagull Managers ; they fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, then fly out.

  2. Zynks

    I had a fun time checking the public tenders related to IW – all issued by Bord Gais. Strangely enough, none of the seven or eight tenders related to consultants, legal services or meter installation. I guess that at that stage IW was a limited company on its own right with no obligation to issue tenders publicly.

    After they are done with the first billion, then we can spend another 100 million or so on investigations and tribunals that won’t put anyone in jail.

    1. Otis Blue

      Irrespective of company status, would they not have an obligation to seek these tenders via a public procurement process under EU law (due to expenditure of public monies)?

  3. Kolmo

    They’ll probably be the same firms coining it in the inevitable Tribunal…poo, I should have trained as a barrister…

  4. TheDude

    Lawyers, they don’t fall out of the sky you know. If they did, they’d be property of Irish Gravy.

  5. octo

    Disingenuous headline. They set up a new company. I think that getting legal advice would be wise under the circumstances.

  6. phil

    Along with the so called IrishWater , I believe that the Troika has reform of the legal sector pretty high on the list , hows that coming along ?

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