Updated: 05/04/17 : 11:09:58
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PAC must pay two-thirds of Kerins' High Court legal bill

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will have to pay two-thirds of former CEO of the Rehab group Angela Kerins' legal costs after her failed legal action against it.

In a ruling, which departed from the norm where the losing side usually pays the costs, the High Court said Ms Kerins was entitled to take the case that raised issues of general importance and some novelty.

RTÉ reports that Ms Kerins had claimed two hearings by the PAC into money paid to the Rehab group amounted to a witch-hunt against her.

She said she was so overwhelmed by what happened at the first hearing in February 2014, she tried to take her own life two weeks later.

She wanted damages for personal injury, loss of reputation and loss of career.

She lost the case in January after the court ruled that Ms Kerins was inviting the court to analyse utterances made by Oireachtas members in a Dáil committee and this could not be done.

The court said they could not analyse, examine, discuss and adjudge utterances made in the Oireachtas.

In her costs application in February lawyers for Ms Kerins told the three-judge divisional High Court the case was an "exceptional one".

This morning, the three-judge divisional court ruled that Ms Kerins should be awarded two-thirds of her costs against the PAC.

It made no order for costs against Ireland and the Attorney General who were also respondents in the case.

This means Ms Kerins will not have to pay the costs for these respondents.