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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 117-124
 Header Item Ministerial Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Staff Data
 Header Item Appointments to State Boards
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 774 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 117-124

Ministerial Expenditure

 117. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will details the amounts spent by previous Taoisigh and Ministers of State within his Department on subsistence, mobile phone communications, and recouped expenses, with indications given of the portions that are both vouched and unvouched for each year from 1 January 2007 to 9 March 2011 inclusive; the extent of such expenditure that was discharged directly by the Department on behalf of the Minister concerned and the extent to which the expenditure was discharged by credit card directly by or on behalf of the Taoiseach involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36965/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The following tables detail expenditure on subsistence, mobile phone communications, and recouped expenses, for each year from 1 January 2007 to 9 March 2011, inclusive, in respect of previous Taoisigh and Ministers of State at this Department.

2007

Name: Mobile Phone Subsistence/ Recouped Expenses
Bertie Ahern €0.00 €2,243.77
Tom Kitt €2,465.56 €776.65
Noel Treacy €0.00 €0.00
Dick Roche €2,416.70 €340.67


2008
Name: Mobile Phone Subsistence/ Recouped Expenses
Bertie Ahern €0.00 €1,330.96
Brian Cowen €1,482.80 €2,968.64
Tom Kitt €1,190.86 €2,777.88
Noel Treacy €0.00 €0.00
Dick Roche €3,122.57 €0.00
Pat Carey €908.93 €95.38


2009
Name: Mobile Phone Subsistence/ Recouped Expenses
Brian Cowen €915.51 €985.95
Dick Roche €2,146.32 €0.00
Pat Carey €1,482.05 €0.00


2010
Name: Mobile Phone Subsistence/ Recouped Expenses
Brian Cowen €1,167.08 €470.00
Dick Roche €2,145.72 €639.27
Pat Carey €300.91 €0.00
John Curran €666.52 €4,802.83
Dara Calleary €0.00 €0.00


Jan - March 2011
Name: Mobile Phone Subsistence/ Recouped Expenses
Brian Cowen €238.61 €0.00
Dick Roche €456.76 €0.00
John Curran €619.92 €0.00
Dara Calleary €0.00 €0.00

Departmental Expenditure

 118. Deputy Brian Stanley Information on Brian Stanley Zoom on Brian Stanley asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide a detailed breakdown on the total annual spend, including all grants, by his Department on all structures of local government for 2011, and also for June 2011 to June 2012.  [36966/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny My Department has incurred no expenditure on structures of local Government from 2011 to end June 2012.

Questions Nos. 119 and 120 answered with Question No. 113.

Departmental Expenditure

 121. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the total amount spent on taxis by his Department since February 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37332/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The total expenditure on home and foreign taxis by my Department from February 2011 to end of August 2012 was €57,593. My Department entered a contract for the provision of taxi services in March 2012 following a competitive tendering process.

Departmental Staff Data

 122. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of press officers in his Department; the number of press officers in each agency under his auspices; the total cost of press officers in his Department and in agencies under his auspices; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37348/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The total cost of salaries in 2011 for the five press officers in my Department, the Government Press Secretary, the Deputy Government Press Secretary and Head of Government Information Service and the Assistant Government Press Secretary was €667,958. No Press Officers are employed in the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), which is the only agency under the aegis of my Department.

Appointments to State Boards

 123. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the total number of board appointments he has made since he came to office; the names, salaries and expenses of each appointee; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37364/12]

 143. Deputy Gerald Nash Information on Gerald Nash Zoom on Gerald Nash asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of appointments that have been made to positions available on the boards of semi-State companies and statutory agencies following public advertisement; if he will provide details of the names of persons who have been appointed under this initiative and the agencies on which they now sit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [40039/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I propose to takes Questions Nos. 123 and 143 together.

  Since coming into office on 9 March 2011, I have made appointments to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), as set out in the accompanying tables.

Table 1: NESC Membership Appointments Since 9 March, 2011

Name Organisation Date of

Appointment
Travel and Subsistence Payments since 9 March 2011
Mr. Martin Fraser, Chairperson of NESC Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach August 2011 Nil
Mr. John Shaw, Deputy Chairperson of NESC Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach January 2012 Nil
Prof. Edgar Morgenroth Associate Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute June 2011 Nil
Prof. John McHale Economist, National University of Ireland, Galway June 2011 €196.76
Prof. Mary Daly Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast June 2011 €174.06
Prof. Anna Davis Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin June 2011 Nil
Prof. Seán Ó Riain Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth June 2011 Nil
Dr. Michael O’Sullivan Head of Portfolio Strategy and Thematic Research, Credit Suisse, London June 2011 €4,308.28
Ms. Mary Walsh Chartered Accountant June 2011 Nil
Dr. Michelle Norris Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin. July 2011 Nil
Mr. Shay Cody IMPACT September 2011 Nil
Mr. John Murphy Secretary General, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation November 2011 Nil
Mr. Seán Ó Foghlú Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills February 2012 Nil
Mr. John Moran Secretary General, Department of Finance March 2012 Nil


Table 2: NESDO Board Membership Appointments Since 9 March, 2011
Name Organisation Date of

Appointment
Travel and Subsistence Payments since 9 March 2011
Mr. Martin Fraser, Chairperson of NESDO Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach August 2011 Nil
Mr. John Shaw, Deputy Chairperson of NESDO Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach January 2012 Nil


  NESDO board members and NESC members do not receive salaries, they are however entitled to claim for travel and subsistence for their attendance at each meeting. Provision for recoupment of any expenses incurred is in line with existing civil service guidelines.

  The NESC is an advisory Council which provides guidance to Government on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic and social development. Appointments to the NESC are made in accordance with the provisions of the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006 as amended by the National Economic and Social Council (Alteration of Composition) Order 2010.   I appoint members specifically on the basis of nominations from business and employer interests, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, farming and agricultural interests, the community and voluntary sector and the environmental sector. It would not be appropriate to advertise these positions as they are nominated in a representative capacity.

  I may also appoint up to six public servants of whom at least one shall represent the Taoiseach and one shall represent the Minister for Finance. Historically, the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson posts are filled from my Department at Secretary General and Assistant Secretary level. These appointments represent relevant Departments to ensure the Council's work is integrated with Government policy-making and would not be suitable for public advertisement.

  Finally, I appointed a number of independents in June and July last year. The independent nominations to NESC were not advertised last year, as I was satisfied with the skill sets and expertise of the nominees which had already been identified, mainly from the academic sector. However it may be appropriate to advertise the positions in the future. I am satisfied that these appointments were appropriate, bearing in mind the key strategic role of the NESC.

 In relation to the NESDO, Section 13 of the 2006 Act provides that the Office comprises the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the constituent bodies, now only the NESC.

  There has been one appointment to the National Statistics Board (NSB) since I took office. Mr. John Callinan, an Assistant Secretary at my Department, was appointed to the NSB in line with the provisions of Section 18 (1)(b) of the Statistics Act 1993. He receives no additional remuneration for his role on the Board and has not received any expenses since his appointment. My functions in relation to the NSB, were delegated to the Government Chief Whip, Minister of State Paul Kehoe T.D., on the 22 March 2011. As such, the appointment to the NSB was made by Minister of State Kehoe.

Departmental Expenditure

 124. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will detail, in tabular form, the total photography costs for his Department since coming to office, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37380/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The total spend by my Department on photography from 10th March 2011 to end of August 2012 is €37,196. This figure includes photography costs for major events such as the Visit of President Obama and the Presidential Inauguration. Increasingly my Department utilises its own staff to take photographs in house thereby reducing costs. The comparable cost in 2008 for example, was €83,398.00.

  For major events and inward state visits my Department continues to use the services of a professional photographic agency. The following table provides a breakdown of costs for each occasion a photographer was engaged since March 2011. My Department tendered for the provision of photography services for the period 8th June 2012 to 31st August 2012 from the central photography framework and the contract was awarded to Lafayette Photography. My Department is currently tendering for the period of September to the end of June 2013. 

Departmental Spend on photography from March 2011 to end of April 2012

Supplier Description Amount
2011    
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Flight of The Earls €30.25
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Aras Dissolution 01/02/2011 €78.04
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Fulbright Awards images 24/06/2010 €151.25
The Press Association 19-April-2011, The Press Association, Nottingham, €139.30
HACKETT REPROGRAGHICS Hackett's Reprographics Visa photos for 1 of the Taoiseach's delegation for USA Mar 2011, 10 Mar 2011 €20.25
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Commemoration 24/04/2011 €502.45
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY SDLP 14/04/2011 €371.17
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Launch of Census 10/3/2011 €357.25
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Newly appointed Ministers 15/03/2011 €478.25
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY A/C TAOI - Jesse Jackson 21/03/2011 €409.58
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Book of Condolence - Japan 22/03/2011 €402.84
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY US Ambassador Dan Rooney 28/03/2011 €401.42
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Jpegs 1916 Commemoration 04/04/2011 €60.50
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Mass New Dail 09/03/2011 €508.50
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Taoiseach Office P Call 09/03/2011 €538.75
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Reception New Ministers 09/03/2011 €391.13
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY New Cabinet Meeting 10/03/2011 €492.17
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY New Ministers Appointments 09/03/2011 €780.75
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY The Late Dr. Garret Fitzgerald's Funeral 21-22 May 2011. €2,395.50
My PhotoBook.ie 27 May 2011 Eoghan O'Neachtain - My Photo Book.ie €140.80
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY President Obama Visit all day 23 May 2011. €4,537.50
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Taoiseach Enda Kenny & Church Leaders on 19 May 2011 at Gov. Buildings. €409.58
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY British PM Visit to Gov. Buildings on 18 May 2011. €629.50
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY US Congressman on 16 May 2011, assignment covering attendance, taking colour, processing, digital contact sheet. €280.42
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Hungarian Prime Minister 01-06-11 €409.57
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Excellence Awards ON 09/06/2011 €857.60
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY North South Ministerial Council 10-6-11 €812.21
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY President of European Council 17-6-11 €562.04
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY President Obama Visit 23 May 2011 €260.15
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Obama and Cabinet Ministers 23 May 2011 €740.52
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Maxwells Invoice - New Ambassadors 30-6-11 €332.75
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Chinese Delegation - Invoice no 29476 €357.25
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Saudi Minister 14 June 2011 30/06/2011. €280.42
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Haass meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny on 01/04/2011. €371.17
LK Photo Photographer D. Taoiseach DFA Bill €2,106.14
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY 29/07/2011 - New Sec Gen and Ian Paisley on 26/07/2011. €318.84
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY 29/07/2011- Meeting EU Parliament President 12 July 2011. €696.05
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Strategy for International Services Industry 14-7-2011 29/07/2011. €349.08
HACKETT REPROGRAGHICS Product code FPP75DIG10-15, (QTY 10-15) 7x5 Digital Prints. €30.76
J. Higgins Photos Taoiseach 4/5 May 2011 - New York €303.30
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Arvato meeting with Taoiseach ON 21 Sept 2011 29/09/2011. €560.84

Gettyimages Kate O'Toole - 19 November 2011 - www.gettyimages.com €212.96
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Photocall TAOISEACH & New SDLP Leader 09/11/2011. €340.92
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer for the Presidential Inauguration on 11/11/2011. €3,956.70
2012    
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Taoiseach signs Book of condolence 20 Dec 2011. €371.17
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Taoiseach - Christmas Media Meeting 22 Dec 2011. €296.75
The Press Association 12/01/12 Photos of Prime Minister D Cameron with Taoiseach E Kenny 10 Downing St €122.01
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Maxwells Photography - Inv no 30601 - British Irish council 13/01/12 €531.05
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Maxwells Photography - Photos/Taoiseach meeting with Dep PM Nick Clegg €377.30
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Blue Star Programmes on 07/02/2012. €539.36
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY EU Presidency Job winning logo on 02/02/2012. €687.26
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Taoiseach & Tánaiste attend 'Progress to date' launch 07/03/2012. €195.57
FRANK FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD Launch of the Stability Treaty website, 19 April 2012. €409.63
FRANK FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD Service provided for the Olympic Torch at Govt Buildings on 06/06/2012. €268.45
QiLai Taoiseach's visit to China 25/28 March 2012 €2,817.49
MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Carers Strategy Launch in the Italian Room on 19th July 2012. €439.11
LK Photos Taoiseach's visit to US 19-21 March 2012. €1,774.78


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