The Revenue Commissioners and the Central Bank have paid out €59 million in fees to legal and accountancy service providers since the start of 2018, according to figures provided by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe. 

The spend by the Revenue Commissioners on legal and accountancy services for the period from January 2018 to the end of last month totals €35.3 million.

The spend by the Central Bank on accountancy and legal service providers amounts to €23.7 million during the same period.

Last year, the Revenue Commissioners' spend on legal and accountancy service providers totaled €11.8 million.

This follows a payout of €12.2 million in 2019 and €10.5 million in 2018.

In a written Dail reply to Richard Boyd Barrett, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Minister Donohoe confirmed that the highest amount over the three period has been paid by the Revenue Commissioners to Ivor Fitzpatrick & Co Solicitors which received €3 million.

The figures show that Mason Hayes & Curran was paid €2.49 million, Denis I Finn Solicitors was paid €2.2 million and Kirby Healy was paid €2 million.

Other firms to receive in excess of €1m from Revenue over the period are Byrne Wallace LLP - €1.8 million; Holmes O’Malley Sexton - €1.7 million and Pierse Fitzgibbon - €1.47 million.

The figures also show that during the period, three barristers have received fees in excess of €800,000 - they include Grainne Clohessy SC who was paid €958,928 including €452,660 last year.

Between January 2018 and the end of February 2021, Conor Bourke BL received €912,687 including €391,519 last year and Fergus Ryan BL who received €891,063. 

Others to receive in excess of €500,000 are RSM Ireland - €884,915; Aidan Garcia - €638,182; Aoife Goodman SC - €634,644; Jacqueline O’Brien SC - €621,920; Noel Travers SC €550,722; Benedict O Floinn - €538,495 and Ciaran Ramsey SC - €535,855.

In a separate Dáil response to Deputy Boyd Barrett, Minister Donohoe confirmed that last year the Central Bank paid out €4 million to legal and accountancy firms.

This was a sharp decrease on the outlay on accountancy firms and legal firms over the previous two years with €7.4 million spent in 2019 and €11.5 million in 2018.

The highest amount paid to an accountancy firm over the three years is Grant Thornton which received €2.75 million including €296,743 last year while Deloitte received €1.86 million, Mazars €1.66 million and EY €1.4 million.

The payments to accountancy firms by the Central Bank last year totalled €1.3 million compared to €2.1 million in 2019 and €4.95 million in 2019.

Last year, the Central Bank paid out €2.7 million to legal service providers and this followed a spend of €5.29 million in 2019.

The Central Bank has not however provided the names of the legal service providers. 

Minister Donohoe stated that the Central Bank has told his department that the disclosure of payments to named firms "could prejudice legal proceedings".