Paul Gallagher: Taoiseach Micheál Martin faces grilling over AG’s controversial work schedule

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will be questioned in the Dáil this week over revelations that the Attorney General continued private professional work on top of his role as the State’s top legal adviser.

Paul Gallagher, a senior counsel who is serving his second spell as AG, has blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for prolonging his involvement in a number of cases including, as the Irish Times reported this week, acting in a private capacity for former directors of Independent News & Media (INM) in their dealings with High Court inspectors investigating the company’s affairs.

Labour TD Brendan Howlin said there are questions for Mr Martin to answer. These relate to why the Government appeared to have set aside the precedent that the AG does not engage in any private work while acting as chief legal adviser to ministers. He intends to raise the matter in the Dáil, as does Sinn Féin.

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