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Written Answers - Diplomatic Representation

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 68.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Information on Eamon Gilmore Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  the number of staff by grade and the cost of and operation of the Irish embassies in Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, Lithuania, India and Finland for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19671/12]

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): Information on Eamon Gilmore Zoom on Eamon Gilmore A table providing the information on staffing and operating costs for the overseas Missions in question is set out. The staffing figures take account of diplomatic staff, local staff engaged by the Mission and, in the case of New Delhi, visa office staff whose salaries and other costs are borne by the Department of Justice and Equality. Also included is a small number of staff indirectly engaged through local employment agencies, some on a temporary basis.

The annual costs included in the table are the administrative costs of operating the Mission. The figures do not include the salaries of the Irish based staff as these are a charge on the overall salaries budget of the Department rather than on a specific Mission. In the case of Lisbon, Ankara and Berne, the official residence is state-owned whereas in Vilnius, New Delhi and Helsinki the rental costs for premises are a charge on the Mission budget.

Also, from time to time Missions may incur significant expenditure in relation to their premises or for upgrading of essential infrastructure. These costs are not included in the annual administrative costs as detailed in the table as they are a charge on the overall budget of the Department.

Embassy Number Staff Notes Outturn 2007 € Outturn 2008 € Outturn 2009 € Outturn 2010 € Outturn 2011 €
Portugal 1 Ambassador 407,681 421,384 376,881 347,406 427,883
1 First Secretary
1 Personal Assistant Locally employed
1 Clerk Secretary Locally employed
1 Driver/Messenger Locally employed
Turkey 1 Ambassador 477,648 412,782 389,863 394,114 379,651
1 First Secretary
1 Third Secretary
1 Personal Assistant Locally employed
2 Clerk Secretaries Locally employed
1 Driver/Messenger Locally employed
Switzerland 1 Ambassador 473,573 437,412 427,988 429,447 499,593
1 Third Secretary
2 Clerk Secretaries Locally employed
1 Driver/Messenger Locally employed
Lithuania 1 Ambassador 478,672 471,881 452,427 426,413 414,957
1 Third Secretary
1 Personal Assistant Locally employed**
1 Clerk Secretary Locally employed**
1 Driver/Messenger Locally employed**
India 1 Ambassador 727,969 746,064 474,056 743,338 668,436
1 First Secretary/AP
1 Third Secretary
1 Higher Executive Officer Visa Office*
3 Executive Officer Visa Office*
1 Office Manager Locally employed
1 Executive Assistant Locally employed
1 Visa Manager Locally employed*
2 Clerk Secretaries Locally employed
4 Visa Clerks Locally employed*
2 Driver/Messenger Locally employed
2 Watchmen Locally Employed
2 Chancery Cleaner Locally Employed
Finland 1 Ambassador 567,319 440,335 560,166 526,400 508,919
1 Third Secretary
2 Clerk Secretaries Locally employed
1 Driver/Messenger Locally employed

*Visa Office staff.

**Staff contracted through agencies.


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