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Barristers’ fees in five Irish tribunals will remain static for at least another three months, despite July’s announcement that costs would immediately be slashed by two-thirds. The Republic of Ireland’s former finance minister cut barristers’ daily tribunal rates from €2,500 (£1,700) to €969 (£660) because of the tax burden they impose. However, ministers have decided […]

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