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100. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality why she consented to the order of the Supreme Court in Case No. 219 JR of 2003 (details supplied) that provided for the awarding of costs for an unsuccessful High Court action to the applicant, and the striking out of an appeal and cross appeal in the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44368/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Decisions to settle cases involve a careful balancing of the circumstances pertaining in the case, including consideration of legal advice, with a view to limiting the State's exposure to further costs or expense.
I am satisfied that the correct procedures in the case raised by the Deputy were followed in deciding to settle the proceedings.