As to the liberal use of taxpayers money this is speculation as nobody knows the full facts of Emma Mhic Mhathúna's case. How does anyone know that her screens weren't especially negligent beyond the normal rates of error? and didn't she have 2 screens misread?
It's hard to draw conclusions about her large award without those kind of details.
Isn't the enquiry into the individual cases going to give some more answers?
You are right about the legal fees though if they are 700k for the state then that is crazy.