Sunday 23 September 2018

Thirsty work ... tea and coffee bill for banking probe tops €900


Ciaran Lynch TD
Ciaran Lynch TD

The tea and coffee bill for the Oireachtas banking inquiry for the first three months of this year came to more than €900.

The €908.20 spend on the tea and coffee refreshments for the inquiry's public hearings is part of a spend of €390,308 on miscellaneous items under the heading of non-payroll expenditure at the banking inquiry for the first quarter of this year.

The total spend between payroll and non-payroll for the three months tops €1.1m that includes €710,200 in payroll costs.

The figures, released in response to a Freedom of Information request, show that a panel of legal advisers received €98,061 for the first quarter while consultants FTI Consulting Ireland Ltd has received €103,626 for expert advice for the inquiry's 'context phase'.

A further €47,355 was paid to recruitment firm, Hays Specialist Recruitment (Ireland) Ltd for the recruitment of investigators.

The investigators on the inquiry have been paid €359,564 between January and March with a further €47,919 paid to banking inquiry members' parliamentary assistants.

Pay for staff at the Oireachtas banking inquiry totalled €302,717 for the first quarter.

It was revealed earlier this year that lawyers providing expert advice to the Oireachtas banking inquiry were charging €264 per hour in its preparatory phase.

With the inquiry up and running, its external legal costs for the first quarter total €98,061.

Beauchamps Solicitors were paid €30,393 in the first quarter while Charles Meenan SC received €9,111, Niall O'Hanlon BL received €6,266 with Patricia O'Sullivan Lacy BL receiving €12,283 along with Sara Moorhead SC receiving €7,638.

The largest payout to any barrister by the inquiry was to Patrick McCann SC who was paid €31,367.

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