Mr Donohoue

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) heard the starting salary for solicitors in the public sector is about €30,000, while the equivalent for trainees in private firms stands at about €60,000.  The latter figure was revised to a maximum of €50,000 in Dublin by legal sources. File photograph: Getty Images

The State’s legal services are being undermined by the private sector offering significantly higher salary levels to attract qualified solicitors and (...)