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'I didn't sleep very well last night' - State to pay 75% of costs in prom note case

The High Court ruled it was an exception al case which merited a departure from the normal rules on legal costs.

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THE HIGH COURT today ordered the State to pay for 75 per cent of legal costs in a case taken by independent TD Joan Collins challenging the constitutionality of the promissory note deal supporting Anglo Irish Bank and Educational Building Society.

The High Court dismissed the TD’s challenge but RTÉ reports that it today ruled it was an exceptional case which merited a departure from the normal rule on legal costs, which would usually be paid by the unsuccessful party.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie this evening, Collins said she was “very happy” with the outcome today.

“It wasn’t a personal thing I was doing, it was in the interest of citizens,” she said.

The independent TD said she was relieved as the total cost amounts to tens of thousands of euro. She said she “didn’t sleep very well last night” but will sleep soundly tonight.

Collins is currently appealing the decision of the court in relation to her challenge of the promissory note deal.

Related: High Court dismisses TD’s challenge to Anglo promissory note deal

Read: Challenge to promissory notes dismissed, court says TD could bring case>

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