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582. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of solicitors employed by the Legal Aid Board in each of its law centres in each of the past five years; and the recruitment plans of the Board for the next three years. [14220/19]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Figures supplied by the Legal Aid Board for the number of solicitors in each of its law centres and for its central and specialist units for the years from 2013 - 2018 (inclusive) are set out in the table below.
I am advised by the Board that it will carry out recruitment activity over the next three years, including in relation to solicitor grades, within its allocated resources and that recruitment requirements at solicitor grades will be kept under on-going review.

Law Centres Total Solicitors
2013
Total Solicitors  
2014
Total Solicitors  
2015
Total Solicitors  
2016
Total Solicitors  
2017
Total Solicitors  
2018
Athlone Law Centre 4 4 5 5 4 4
Blanchardstown Law Centre 2 3 4 3 4 4
Brunswick Street Law Centre 7          
Castlebar Law Centre 2 2 3 3 3 3
Cavan Law Centre 2 2 2 2 2 2
Clondalkin Law Centre 3 3 4 4 4 3
Cork North Law Centre 8 8 9 10 8 8
Cork South Law Centre 8 9 8 8 9 8
District Court Service 1 3 5 4 3 3
Dundalk Law Centre 2 2 2 3 2 3
Ennis Law Centre 3 3 3 3 3 3
Finglas Law Centre 5 6 5 4 4 3
Galway (Seville House)   3 4 4 5 6
Galway Law Centre 6 5 5 5 7 7
Gardiner Street Law Centre 6 6 5 6 7 7
George's Lane Law Centre 2          
Head of Civil Operations 1 1   2 2 2
Kilkenny Law Centre 5 4 5 6 5 6
LAB-HQ 1          
Legal Services Unit 3           2
Letterkenny Law Centre 3 3 4 4 4 4
Limerick Law Centre 3 3 3 5 4 4
Longford Law Centre 2 2 2 1 2 2
Medical Negligence Unit 2 2 2 1 3 4
Monaghan Law Centre 3 3 5 5 5 4
Navan Law Centre 3 2 2 2 3 4
Nenagh Law Centre 4 3 4 3 5 4
Newbridge Law Centre 3 5 4 3 4 4
Personal Injuries Unit   1 1 1 1  
Portlaoise Law Centre 2 2 2 2 4 3
Private Practitioner Scheme   1 1 1    
RLS Children 1          
RLS Cork and Galway 2          
RLS General 8          
RLS Judicial Review 2          
Sligo Law Centre 2 2 2 2 2 2
Smithfield Law Centre 1 15 17 18 17 18
Tallaght Law Centre 3 3 3 3 3 4
Tralee Law Centre 4 3 3 3 4 4
Tullamore Law Centre 2 2 3 4 2 3
Waterford Law Centre 3 3 3 3 3 3
Wexford Law Centre 3 5 4 5 4 5
Wicklow Law Centre 4 4 4 5 4 4
Total 128 128 138 143 146 150