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112. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of free legal aid solicitors operating, by county. [8853/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am interpreting the Deputy’s question as referring to Civil Legal Aid. The provision of civil legal aid in the State is delivered through the Legal Aid Board pursuant to the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 and the Civil Legal Aid Regulations 1996 - 2017.
In addition to solicitors directly employed by the Board, it also engages private solicitors, under the Private Practitioner District Court Scheme, to assist in dealing with demand and has a separate panel to support service provision under the Abhaile scheme. Abhaile is the Government's free mortgage arrears support service. It is co-ordinated by my Department and the Department of Social Protection and is implemented by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service working in close co-operation with the Legal Aid Board, the Insolvency Service of Ireland and the Citizens Information Board.
The table indicates the number of solicitors currently operating by county through the Board's network of law centres.

Counties LAB Solicitors Private Practitioner (PP) Solicitors Abhaile
Carlow 78 2
Cavan 2 55 1
Clare 3 88 1
Cork 14 178 10
Donegal 4 80 4
Dublin 44 338 21
Galway 12 123 5
Kerry 5 92 1
Kildare 4 151 2
Kilkenny 4 28 2
Laois 3 80
Leitrim 66
Limerick 4 98 3
Longford 2 76 1
Louth 2 107 4
Mayo 3 69
Meath 2 143
Monaghan 3 51 1
Offaly 3 82
Roscommon 106 1
Sligo 2 65 2
Tipperary 4 80 4
Waterford 3 59
Westmeath 4 112 2
Wexford 3 85 2
Wicklow 4 126
Counties LAB Solicitors Private Practitioner (PP) Solicitors Abhaile
Total 134 903* 69*
*The actual number of solicitors practising is less than this figure as some solicitors may be registered on more than one county panel.