Immigration System, Asylum & Policy Easy money, big bucks to be on the immigration panel

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Ex-justice minister John O’Donoghue cashes in on asylum application fees

John O’Donoghue, a former justice minister, is among the top 20 highest-paid lawyers retained by his former department to help process asylum applications.

Figures released by the Department of Justice show that O’Donoghue, who qualified as a barrister in 2014, has been paid €79,040 since 2015 as a member of the case processing panel of the International Protection Office (IPO).

Panellists are paid €615 for interviewing an applicant and then compiling a report. An extra €350 is paid for carrying out an interview and doing a report on the applicant’s spouse, and a further €95 for each dependent child.