Council paid €2m in legal bills since 2015 and 'retain the services' of one local solicitor

A Freedom of Information request has revealed

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Carlow Live can exclusively reveal

Carlow County Council paid almost €2m in legal bills since 2015 and "retain the services" of one local solicitor. 

A Freedom of Information request by Carlow Live sought the Council's legal costs from 2015 to date and a full list of the businesses paid for legal services during that time.

In response, the Council said they "retain the services of three firms of solicitors depending on the nature of the legal service required".

These firms include: Ronald J Clery & Co Solicitors (Carlow), Ivor Fitzpatrick & Co Solicitors (Dublin) and Maples Solicitors (Dublin).

The local authority added: "In addition, Carlow County Council retains the services of various Senior and Junior Counsel for specialist advice or proceedings before the Circuit Court or High Court."

Since 2015, the Council spent €824,570 on "General Legal Advisory Services, Code (A) Enforcement, Property and Conveyancing" legal costs. 

In the category of "Financial & Debt Recovery" they spent €213,730 between 2015 and up to November 20 of this year. 

"Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution" legal costs has seen the Council spend €874,642 in bills over the last four years. 

"Senior & Junior Counsel" costs comes to €233,002 for the same period, while "Third Party Legal Fees" amounted to €153,483. 

The total amount spent on legal costs since 2015 amounted to €2,299,428.

The figures provided includes actual payments made to the providers of legal services who received more than €5,000 in any one year.