Northern Ireland

Legal cases cost Department of Agriculture £547,596

Michelle O'Neill
Image caption Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill's department spent more than £0.5m defending legal cases

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has said her department has spent almost £550,000 defending 24 legal cases including judicial reviews since 2007.

The department lost 11 of the cases, she said.

The £547,596 total cost includes legal costs and any compensation paid.

The figure was revealed in an answer to a written question from the Green Party assembly member Stephen Agnew.