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Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 96.  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 general law expenses from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14915/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I have shown as follows the details sought. The most significant item of expenditure incurred was in respect of law costs awarded against the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Award of Law Costs €5,722,283 €5,691,519 €7,147,476 €5,957,466 €2,541,660
Psychologists Fees €38,674 €42,753 €35,333 €23,265 €25,946
Cost Accountants €100,809 €84,577 €58,794 €63,043 €27,269
Stenographers Fees €17,253 €28,240 €21,907 €9,512 €9,996
Sundry €51,405 €61,294 €25,959 €25,505 €17,419
Total €5,930,424 €5,908,384 €7,289,469 €6,078,790 €2,622,289

Question No. 97 answered with Question No. 89.

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 98.  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 number of staff employed in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; the number of these employees in receipt of salaries over €200,000, and over €150,000 and over €100,000, and their job titles. [14917/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

  2009 2010 2011
CSSO Staff Numbers 249 230 228

Year Employees Earning Number Job Title
2009 Over €200,0001 1 Chief State Solicitor
  Over €150,000 3 Assistant Chief State Solicitor
  Over €100,000 1 Assistant Chief State Solicitor
10 Deputy Assistant Chief State Solicitor
7 Principal Solicitor
1 Principal Legal Executive
       
2010 Over €200,000 0  
  Over €150,000 1 Chief State Solicitor,
1 Assistant Chief State Solicitor
    3 Assistant Chief State Solicitor
9 Deputy Assistant Chief State Solicitor
1 Principal Solicitor
       
2011 Over €200,000 0  
  Over €150,000 1 Chief State Solicitor,
1 Assistant Chief State Solicitor
    3 Assistant Chief State Solicitor
10 Deputy Assistant Chief State Solicitor
3 Principal Solicitor

1The Chief State Solicitor took a voluntary pay cut of €22,931 in 2009 bringing his gross pay to €197,361.

  99.  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 average amount paid to staff in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for travel and subsistence on an annual basis; the details of the types of expenses staff may recoup; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14918/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Office of the Chief State Solicitor complies with the Civil Service Regulations with regard to travel, subsistence and expenses. The types of expenses which can be claimed are those which are laid down in the Department of Finance/Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circulars.

Year Average Amount
2009 €752.62
2010 €573.91
2011 €588.40

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  100.  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 spending on postal and telecommunications services in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. [14919/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

  2009 2010 2011
TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT — Support and Maintenance €15,293.52 €11,283.28 €11,283.28
TELEPHONIST CONTRACT €71,293.32 €99,458.391 €85,199.75
TELEPHONES €213,997.85 €164,444.27 €162,353.66
COURIERS €17,811.20 €21,925.39 €21,974.47
POSTAL SERVICES €77,020.01 €71,591.26 €58,276.41
  €395,415.90 €368,702.59 €339,087.57

1Service provided at the end of 2009 was not paid for until 2010.

 101.  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 spending on office equipment and external IT services in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. [14920/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

Type of Service 2009 2010 2011
IT Hardware and Software €158,031 €123,572 €153,994
External IT Services   €21,272 €24,205
Office Machinery €43,454 €92,283 €26,863
Equipment and Software maintenance and repairs €384,262 €280,336 €313,173
Stationery and Printing €183,457 €202,974 €166,387
IT and Equipment Consumables €2,327 €18,133 €30,893
Total €771,531.61 €738,569.81 €715,517

 102.  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 details of any external companies which performed duties for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the past three years; the types of services they provided; and the amounts they were paid for these services. [14921/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The answer is as follows:

Type of Service 2009 2010 2011
Security €412,208 €443,063 €443,266
Cleaning €130,390 €130262 €127,314
Taxi €13,517 €20,199 €16,725
Courier €17,811 €21,925 €21,974
Postal €77,020 €71,591 €58,276
Telephonist €71,293 €99,548 €85,200

For security reasons, the Office of the Chief State Solicitor has not disclosed the names of the companies involved in the provision of duties over the last three years.

 103.  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 details of any office premises expenses of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the past three years; the amount paid in rent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14922/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The following are the costs of office expenses for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for 2008 to 2010:

Account 2009 2010 2011
Furniture and Fittings €191,399 €83,420 €148,655
Utilities €116,743 €109,362 €106,555
Maintenance and Repairs €84,417 €166,407 €190,059
  €392,559 €359,190 €445,269

This expenditure comprises costs in relation to Furniture and Fittings, Utilities and Office maintenance and repairs.

The Office of the Chief State Solicitor does not pay any rent in the buildings it occupies. Osmond House is owned by the Office of Public Works and rent for the three floors occupied in The Chancery Building is paid for by the OPW.


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