390. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice if her attention has been drawn to the fact that junior barristers can earn as little as €25 a day for court days; if she will reverse cuts to professional fees made during 2008 to 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32584/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): As I outlined in my reply to Question No. 226 of 16 June 2021 responsibility for unwinding professional fee cuts imposed between 2008 and 2011 rests with my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. However, my Department has engaged with all relevant stakeholders, including the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with a view to having this issue resolved.
It is my understanding that the matter is under consideration by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and will be examined further in the context of wider public pay policy and the implications for public expenditure.