Ireland, parliamentary question by Deputy Kate O'Connell to Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald
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On 12th July 2016 Deputy Kate O’Connell asked the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald about the provision of civil legal aid and asked her views on whether Ireland may be in breach of its fundamental obligations under Article 47 European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights if it forces companies to be represented by lawyers and does not offer any regime for legal aid for companies.
Minister Fitzgerald stated: “I am aware of Case C-258/13 regarding Article 47 of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights which was heard by the European Court of Justice. While there are no plans at present to introduce legal aid for the type of commercial enterprise referred to, the situation is kept under review in my Department.”