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This morning.

Trinity College, Dublin 2

Trinity students can expect to pay a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams, following a decision of the College Board …

The fees will be introduced from 2019 onwards and will mean students will pay the €450, regardless of the number of exams they sit.

Over recent months, Trinity has cut services and increasingly commercialised itself and its campus in a bid to combat the decline in state funding for higher education.

While the cost savings have aggrieved students and staff alike over the years, the introduction of a new and substantial fee, in the face of a chorus of opposition, is likely to frustrate students…

Trinity Approves €450 Flat Fee for Supplementals (Dominic McGrath, University Times)

(thanks Alan Bracken)

KevinHiggsYou may recall our post from last night showing that the Office of the Taoiseach paid €635,912.41 to Kevin O’Higgins Solicitors for payment of third party costs in respect of Fine Gael during the Moriarty Tribunal.

Kevin O’Higgins was Fine Gael’s solicitor in the 1990s and during the Moriarty Tribunal.

The Moriarty report [Chapter 3 in Part II of Volume 1] deals with a donation of $50,000 by the Norwegian telecommunication company to Fine Gael for a New York fundraiser in 1996.

Telenor’s donation was made on behalf of Denis O’Brien’s Esat.

The tribunal found Mr O’Brien instigated the payment two months after Esat won the single largest procurement award in the history of the State.

Moriarty criticised Fine Gael for not disclosing the clandestine nature of this payment to the Moriarty Tribunal, saying it was designed to be concealed.

It concluded:

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During the tribunal, Jim Miley – now the head of The Gathering – who was  general secretary of the party at the time of the mobile phone licence procurement, told the tribunal that Fine Gael were advised not to disclose details of the $50,000 as it was seen as ‘not relevant’. He also agreed that to do so would have had ‘disastrous political consequences’.

The following is a transcript, from the Moriarty Tribunal on June 13, 2001, in which Jerry Healy SC, for the State, questioned Mr Miley about a file note written by Kevin O’Higgins.

The note detailed Mr Miley and Mr O’Higgins’ concerns for Fine Gael’s involvement in the Moriarty Tribunal.

Jerry Healy: ‘The file note of the 6th March refers to a meeting in Mount Street with you, and it says, “I [Kevin O’Higgins] attended a meeting in Mount Street with Jim Miley to consider in further detail this matter of much confidentiality. At a Trustees meeting the previous evening the Trustees had requested of Jim that he require me to indicate whether or not the matter as disclosed should be referred to the Moriarty Tribunal. We talked the matter through and it is a very difficult question to answer. Jim felt that reference of that matter to Moriarty would have disastrous political consequences and it will ultimately be a matter on which he will have to talk to the Party leader. We talked further on the matter on this morning, 6th March, and he shall talk with John Bruton further. In addition, we spoke last night about the Telenor situation and the fact that their solicitor, Kevin O’Brien, had requested of me further assurances that the monies came directly from the David Austin account to Fine Gael and not through any intermediate account in which Mr. Lowry could have had an involvement. From discussions with Jim last night, the line we are to take is that we should not be messenger boys for Telenor in this matter and that they should make direct contact with David Austin and seek any such assurances such as they wish. Jim feels that there may be an element of Telenor trying to set us up in the knowledge of certain other information, and we don’t want to be made hostages to fortune. I just pointed out that although it is clearly in their interest that they don’t have to refer the matter to Moriarty, similarly we want to give them little opportunity of feeling that they have to do so.I spoke with Kevin O’Brien solicitor this morning and advised them of the situation. I understand that the Chief Executive of Telenor had been dealing directly with David Austin on this matter, so that it wouldn’t have been the first time that they would have had such contact.” Now, at this point there was still there were three matters, as far as I can see, under discussion. Firstly, there was the question posed by Telenor, the answer to which would determine whether they would feel obliged to refer certain matters to this Tribunal. Secondly, there was the political dimension mentioned by you that referring the matter to the Tribunal would have disastrous political consequences. And thirdly, there was the question of whether, in fact, between the money leaving Telenor and ending up in Fine Gael, it had gone into an account with which Mr. Lowry could have had an involvement, isn’t that right?

Mr Miley: (Nods head.)

Healy: “You were concerned with what you described as the disastrous political consequences. I take it the notion that Fine Gael would have been involved in some matter concerning fundraising that might or couldpossibly be construed as being improper, would that be right?”

Mr Miley: “Well, obviously this is the Party solicitor’s words, not mine, but I am presuming he captured the tone of what I was saying. I suppose what it would reflect is the general view that, amongst anyone, political party, politician, or indeed any individual, that an appearance at a Tribunal is not probably on the top of one’s wish list. So it was probably in that context it was raised. There was I mean, this issue was dealt with fully. I subsequently discussed it with the Party Leader. It was raised at a meeting of the Party Trustees, and it was decided very clearly that we would seek senior counsel advice on this, which we received and which advised in a particular way that it wasn’t relevant to the Tribunal.”

Moriarty Tribunal transcript (June 13, 2001)

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Dubliner Juliet Casey (above) writes:

I have been training in classical ballet since I was three years old and have been a member of the Irish National Youth Ballet Company since I was 12. I am now 17 and have been accepted after a difficult audition process to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. However, the fees are STG£11,310 and I have to raise this money before the beginning of term (September 2012) or I will not be able to take up my place. If anyone is interested there will be a fund-raising “Evening of Classical Music” at 7pm on Friday [August 31] in Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12. Thank you.


Thanks Joe Casey

Dream Of Being A Dancer In The Balance (Alison Healy, Irish Times, August 23)


Please continue.

The State Claims Agency is to cap legal fees for barristers at 25% below their current levels, in a bid to cut costs. Barristers will also have to tender for work from the agency, which handles personal injury and other compensation claims against State authorities.

Anyone know how to play the world’s tiniest violin?

State Claims Agency to Cut Barristers’ Legal Fees (RTE)

(Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland)

No, not ‘nice’. What’s the word?

CERTAIN PROFESSIONALS are “feasting on the carcasses” of insolvent and semisolvent companies at a time when many sectors are “taking a hit” and many people have had pay reductions, a High Court judge has said.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern expressed “general concerns” about some professionals appearing to be getting good pickings from troubled sectors when other people who are working just as hard are getting less.

He made the comments after approving “a very large figure” of €509,543 fees, plus outlay and VAT making a total of €647,382, sought for some five months’ work by Luke Charleton of Ernst Young, the chartered accountant appointed as special manager to Newbridge Credit Union on January 13th last. Some €70,977 legal fees were also approved.

Some Professionals ‘Feasting On Carcasses’ Of Firms, Judge Says  (Mary Carolan, Irish Times)


CUTS OF up to 87 per cent have been imposed on the legal fees sought by witnesses to the planning tribunal, according to figures from the Department of the Environment.

Eight of the 76 parties who have settled their legal costs of representation at the inquiry have had their fees reduced by at least half, while 32 parties have suffered cuts of at least one-quarter.

So far, the tribunal has cost €98 million, according to figures compiled by the department for the committee. This includes €30 million in tribunal costs, €50 million to pay for its legal teams, €15 million on court cases and €10 million on third-party costs.

Major Cuts To Legal Fees Of Tribunal Witnesses (Irish Times)

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