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Ó Caoláin - Legislation on Tribunal legal fees should be introduced

27 June, 2003

Commenting on the resignation of Justice Flood as Tribunal chairperson, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

"Justice Flood deserves praise for his conduct of the Tribunal which has helped expose much about the corrupt nature of planning in this State over many years. Despite its duration and cost the tribunal has also ensured the return of much taxation revenue both directly and indirectly as a result of its activities.

"The Government has indicated that it will have to legislate to ensure that challenges on costs because of the resignation of Justice Flood do not succeed. The Government should also introduce separate legislation to properly regulate the exorbitant fees of legal teams involved in tribunals.

"Minister McDowell's proposal to bring in private inquiries behind closed doors should be rejected. While he claims this would reduce costs it would be at the expense of transparency." ENDS

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