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Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 93.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he will provide a breakdown of moneys paid during each of the past three years by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for consultancy services and value for money and policy reviews; the names of those who provided these services and reviews and the purpose of each review and service. [14912/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny No value for money or policy reviews were undertaken in the period in question. The title for subhead A07 published in the Revised Estimated for the Public Services 2012 is Consultancy Services and Value for Money and Policy Reviews. I would draw the Deputy’s attention to the fact that titles of administration subheads in respect of the Vote of the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions were changed in the Revised Estimated for the Public Services 2012. Consultancy services were accounted for under subhead A03 (Incidental Expenses) in the years 2009-2011. Expenditure on consultancy has therefore been shown in the table below under subhead A03 and the relevant information has been supplied with my answer to questions 14916/12. For ease of reference I am showing the total of expenditure incurred as follows. The types of services involved are also shown.

Consultancy Services 2009 2010 2011
Implementation of a major IT Project €37,558 €2,700 €0
Legal Advice on the contract for IT project €20,811 €0 €0
Health and Safety Review €0 €2,178 €0
Total €58,369 €4,878 €0

The Director of Public Prosecutions has not disclosed the names of the companies involved for security reasons. The companies were engaged following a competitive tendering process.

 94.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he will provide a breakdown of fees paid to counsel during each of the past five years by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14913/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The table gives a breakdown of fees paid to counsel in each of the past five years. Since 2009, two 8% cuts and one 10% cut in fee rates paid to barristers by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have been implemented.

Court 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
DUBLIN CIRCUIT €4,149,896 €4,014,732 €4,806,448 €4,182,479 €3,936,101
SPECIAL CRIMINAL COURT €264,194 €132,820 €271,399 €337,661 €220,611
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT €4,289,909 €3,340,142 €3,841,896 €4,334,636 €3,611,987
HIGH/SUPREME COURT €1,720,898 €2,178,254 €1,549,289 €2,085,014 €1,645,038
COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEAL €526,902 €539,944 €530,540 €399,775 €660,424
NORTHERN CIRCUIT €234,190 €305,808 €342,426 €276,205 €237,205
WESTERN CIRCUIT €368,577 €217,764 €305,913 €305,835 €257,192
SOUTH WESTERN CIRCUIT €530,680 €466,016 €795,015 €630,816 €675,173
CORK CIRCUIT €715,673 €1,029,230 €1,111,797 €692,302 €638,650
SOUTH EASTERN CIRCUIT €504,528 €673,856 €738,698 €603,052 €767,844
EASTERN CIRCUIT €614,340 €549,840 €661,256 €539,473 €607,674
MIDLAND CIRCUIT €221,811 €296,429 €328,395 €346,800 €242,828
€14,141,598 €13,744,835 €15,283,072 €14,734,048 €13,500,727

 95.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  the reason behind the drop in law costs awarded against the Director of Public Prosecution’s office between 2010 and 2011. [14914/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The significant reduction in the amount paid in respect of law costs awarded against the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution between 2010 and 2011 resulted from a 32% reduction in the number of cases and a 38% reduction in the average payment.


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