The taxpayer is to fund legal fees for a daughter of EuroMillions winner Dolores McNamara over an alleged illegal possession of cocaine case in court.
It follows Kevanne McNamara’s attorney, Daragh Hassett, who is now getting legal aid at the Ennis District Court to represent the 37-year-old.
Kevanne McNamara’s family connection to Dolores, who won a record EuroMillions jackpot of 115 million euros in August 2005, has not been referred to court.
In this case, Kevanne McNamara faces a subpoena regarding illegal possession of cocaine at his home in Ard Coillte, Ballina, Co Tipperary on October 23.
Kevanne McNamara faces a minor drug charge contrary to section 3 of the Drug Abuse Act 1977.
Kevanne McNamara did not personally appear in court and was not required to attend the procedural hearing today.
Mr. Hassett requested disclosure of Garda’s documentation in the case and it was granted.
Legal fees in the case are expected to be minimal due to the minor nature of the charge.
Judge Mary Larkin adjourned the case to Oct. 6 in Ennis District Court.
Last year, lawyers for the criminal legal aid scheme received 34.2 million euros (all figures include 21-23% VAT) compared to 36.6 million euros in 2019.
In 2020, Dublin-based lawyer Michael Hennessy received the highest amount of criminal legal aid payments among law firms when his firm received € 638,843.
In an interview earlier this year, Mr. Hennessy defended the criminal legal aid system.
Mr Hennessy said that the criminal legal aid system allows defendants to choose their own representation and that, he said, “is an essential social safety net in our democracy”.
He said: “The criminal legal aid system serves all people well, including those who will never set foot in a courtroom, and should not be presumed. “
At the time, Kevanne McNamara’s attorney, Daragh Hassett, said: “Legal aid advocacy work is far from glamorous and the majority of lawyers who work in the field, like me, also practice. in general medicine and we bring this vast experience to their work.
He said: “The performance only starts Monday through Friday. We work long hours with regular courts on weekends, visits to the prison and the Guard station, phone calls at any time of the day or night.
Mr. Hassett added, “We have a great personal interest in clients who work with their families, contacting addiction counselors, doctors, potential employers and probation officers. It is invisible and unpaid work.
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