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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 321-335
 Header Item UK Referendum on EU Membership
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Public Relations Contracts Expenditure
 Header Item Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries
 Header Item Special Educational Needs
 Header Item UK Referendum on EU Membership
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Defence Forces Investigations
 Header Item UK Referendum on EU Membership
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 917 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 321-335

UK Referendum on EU Membership

 321. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor the number of staff dedicated to managing Ireland's response to the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union; the structure of this team; how it will work with teams in other Departments; who has overall responsibility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20305/16]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor): Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor In light of the breadth and diversity of policy and operational areas that are relevant to the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union, this is a matter that impacts on, and is being monitored by, all of the Divisions across my Department.

In the immediate aftermath of the announcement of the UK referendum result on the morning of 24 June last, as part of my contingency plans, I instituted a Coordination Group consisting of relevant enterprise, single market, and trade officials of my Department, together with the Chief Executive Officers of IDA and Enterprise Ireland, to oversee the management of our immediate response, including the messaging to businesses both domestically and overseas. I am chairing this Group personally, and I will continue to do so as part of my Department’s ongoing response as developments unfold.

In addition, the EU Affairs Unit of my Department exercises a dedicated overall coordination role across all of the relevant policy areas, and represents my Department in the work that is being undertaken at cross-Government level, led by the Department of the Taoiseach, in response to the outcome of the referendum, and which facilitates the framework for my Department’s interaction with other Departments in this context.

The Management Board of my Department, chaired by the Secretary General, also meets weekly and co-ordinates the Department's own response across all its Divisions to the referendum outcome.

Consultancy Contracts Expenditure

 322. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor to provide, per annum, all external consultant reports commissioned by her Department since March, 2011, in tabular form; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report and the publication date. [20349/16]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor): Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor The names of external reports commissioned by my Department and Offices of my Department, the costs, the date or expected date of publication and the name of the external consultants are set out in the following tables for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and to 5 July 2016. In some cases, the costs of the reports were shared with other bodies and these are noted below.

  The data in respect of 2014 includes research and analysis which was commissioned by Forfás prior to the date of its integration into my Department in August 2014, and for which my Department held the 2014 budget. This research and analysis has subsequently been carried out in the Strategic Policy Division in my Department.   

1 January – 5 July 2016

Name of external Consultant/OrganisationReport Title Date of CommissionPublication StatusCost of Report

SabeoHealth check on email archive system December 2015Awaiting final report, Internal ICT assessment – not for publication1,750.00 
Gas Package Solutions (GPS) Ltd.,Assessment of application for recognised third party recognition status under EU Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC 22 June 2015Technical assessment report - not for publication6,685.00
Capita Business Services Ltd Review of Science and Technology Development Programme – Draft Audit ReportOctober 2015Operational report not for publication8,250.00
Ward Solutions ICT Security ReviewsVarious DatesInternal ICT security assessments – not for publication3,198.00
Sabeo Patents Office ICT System Architecture Review March 2015Internal ICT architecture  – not for publication4,305.00


Insight Statistical Consulting

 Annual Survey of Economic Impact 2015December 2015Due for publication Q1 201746,125.00


ESRI Research Programme with DJEI & EI
 Research Programme – Innovation & Productivity & Services export diversificationJuly 2016Due for publication Q4 201650,000.00 (DJEI)

50,000.00

(EI)
Indecon Economic Consultants  Study to Examine the Affordability of Irish Housing and its impact on economic competitiveness.March 2016To be published July 201625,239.60
Indecon Economic Consultants Review of RD&I Supports available to businesses in Ireland24th May 2016Ongoing59,133.80



(23,645.52 paid to date)


Insight Statistical Consulting
 Data Analysis to feed into Knowledge Based Capital study29th April 2016For internal use – not for publication13,776


1 January – 31st December 2015
Name of external Consultant/OrganisationReport TitleDate of CommissionPublication StatusCost of Report

TechnopolisEvaluation of Ireland’s Participation in FP7 and Horizon 2020December 2015Ongoing97,237.65

(29,171.30 paid in 2015)
University of LimerickStudy on the prevalence of zero hour and low hour contracts and their impact on employeesFebruary 2015Published 3 November 201596,670.00
Planet21 Communications Ltd.Strategic Review of NetworkJanuary 2015Internal ICT network assessment – not for publication9,932.25
Ward SolutionsICT security reviewVarious DatesInternal ICT security assessments – not for publication54,765.75
Version 1 SoftwareOracle eBusiness Suite Release 12 Upgrade AssessmentNovember 2014Internal ICT system assessment – not for publication8,079.92
Copenhagen EconomicsTTIP Impact in IrelandDecember 2013Published on 27th March 201584,896.04
Insight Statistical ConsultingAnnual Business Survey of Economic Impact (ABSEI) December 2014ABSEI 2014 – Report published June 201646,740.27

(DJEI)

46,740.27 (EI)

46,740.27 (IDA)
Insight Statistical ConsultingAnnual Employment Survey 2015July 2015Survey Report published June 2016 5,965.50 (DJEI)

10,737.90 (EI)

1,193.10 (IDA)
TechnopolisEnterprise demand survey and analysis for report on Strengthening Ireland’s Market-Focussed Research Centre CapacityFebruary 2015Technical input to development of successor to SSTI - Complete30,750.00
Mazars LLPNot in public domain. September 2014This report forms part of the evidence in a criminal prosecution by the DPP and will be detailed in court when the case is heard.177,545.80
Mason Hayes CurranTables of Destinations and Origins to Companies Act 2014April 201515th June 2015123,000.00
Crowley’s DFKAudit of funds transfer as part of Forfás restructuringDecember 2014Operational report not for publication7,000.00
Capita Business Services LtdReview of Agency caseJanuary 2015Not for publication. 9,809.25
CMIA study on the role and importance of Design in Irish-based firms in Non-Design Intensive SectorsJune 2015Complete to be published shortly (underpinned the publication “Policy Framework for Design in Enterprise in Ireland” – published 26th of January48, 454.65
Dr Christian KetelsReview of Competitiveness FrameworksAugust 2015Published April 201634,045.00
ESRI Research Programme with DJEI & EIReview of Expansion & Diversification of Irish Exports - ManufacturingNovember 2015Completed – due for publication Q3 201630,000.00 (DJEI) 30,000.00 (EI)


  January – December 2014
Name of external Consultant/OrganisationReport TitleDate of CommissionPublication StatusCost of Report - €
TechnopolisIreland’s Future Infrastructure NeedsQ2 2015 Published as part of Innovation 2020 in December 201547,203.17
Ward Solutions ICT security reviewsVarious datesInternal ICT security assessments – not for publication35,178.00
RitsMobile Device Policy AssessmentSeptember 2014Internal ICT security assessments – not for publication2,236.00
Version 1Oracle eBusiness Suite R12 Upgrade AssessmentNovember 2014Internal ICT assessment – not for publication4,174.13
Clarion Consulting LimitedEmployment Permits Administration Section Business Process Improvement Project ReportJuly 2014Not for publication52,275.00
CIRCA Group Europe LimitedReview of Ireland’s membership of international research organisationsQ1 2015Published as part of Innovation 2020 in December 201561,131.00
CM InternationalAssessment of Public Funded RD&I Supports for Innovation in Services and Business ProcessesJanuary 2014– commissioned by ForfásInput to Forfás report on Services Innovation published April 20146,000.00
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Ireland’s Competitiveness Scorecard 2014Q1 2014 – Commissioned by ForfásInput on economic complexity to competitiveness analysis. 2,600.00
Insight Statistical Consulting / Fitzpatrick Associates Evaluation of IDA Training GrantsNovember 2013 – commissioned by ForfásInput to programme of evaluations - publication Q1 201529,250.00

(19,188.00 paid by DJEI in 2014: balance paid by Forfás)
DCU/Fitzsimons ConsultingGlobal Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014 (GEM)Q4 - 2013Ongoing - GEM 2014 report will be published 20,000.00
Insight Statistical ConsultingAnnual Employment Survey 2014 (AES)July 2014Published Feb 20155,882.60

(DJEI)

11,337.40

(IDA/EI)
Indecon Economic ConsultantsAnalysis of direct & indirect economic impacts on an export-led growth enterprise policyDecember 2014Complete – input to Enterprise 202548,275.00

(14,482.00 paid in 2014: balance paid in 2015)
IDCHarnessing Big Data for innovation led growth: an assessment of Ireland's progress and further policy requirementsJuly 2014– commissioned by ForfásComplete – publication Q2 201556,690.00
CM InternationalOptimising Policy Intervention to Strengthen the Impacts of Enterprise RD&I in Ireland August 2014Complete – input to development of successor to SSTI analysis

Publish 8th December 2015
36,469.00
Fitzpatrick AssociatesEconometric analysis of effectiveness & impacts of agency supports December 2014Input to DJEI Evaluations of agency programmes. Published Q2 201547,970.00

(14,391.00 paid in 2014; balance paid in 2015)
Insight Statistical ConsultingAnnual Business Survey of Economic Impact (ABSEI) December 2013ABSEI 2013 report published January 201544,034.00 (DJEI)

44,034.00 (IDA)

44,034.00 (EI)
PWCRole of Intellectual Property Q4 2013Input to competitiveness analysis15,612.00
PWCReview of Insurance Costs August 2014Input to published Costs of Doing Business 2015 & Competitiveness Bulletin published Jan 201634,440.00
PWCThe role of public procurement in driving Ireland’s competitiveness, whilst delivering value for moneyQ4 2013Published as input to Competitiveness Challenge 201431,340.00
TechnopolisStrengthening Ireland’s Market-Focussed Research Centre Capacity July 2014– commissioned by ForfásComplete – input to development of successor to SSTI analysis84,255.00
Tom Martin & AssociatesHigher Education Engagement by EGFSN October 2014Completed for EGFSN – not for publication€11,931.00
AECOMAssessing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland over the period 2014-2020 May 2014 – commissioned by ForfásInput to EGFSN review - publication Q1 2015€78,702.00

(National Training Fund contribution €60,601.00)
DKM RPSWater Services & Environmental waste Issues & Priorities for Enterprise Commissioned by Forfás in early 2014Ongoing - input to Forfás/DJEI submissions to regulator and competitiveness reports50.353.00
TechnopolisA Mapping of Smart Ageing activity in Ireland and an assessment of the potential smart ageing opportunity areas July 2014– commissioned by ForfásInput to DJEI analysis – published Q2 201589,605.00
Cambridge IPAn Analysis of Intellectual Property Activity in Ireland based on the existing data Phase 1

April 2014– commissioned by ForfásInput to DJEI analysis - publication Q1 201540,966.38
TechnopolisA Study on enhancing the Intellectual Property activities in the firm base in Ireland September 2014Input to DJEI analysis – publication Q2 201549,138.00
E&YAnalysis of Sectoral Ecosystems - Input to Enterprise Policy 2025 Q2 2014 – Commissioned by ForfásEnterprise 2025 Published November 201561,461.00
RSM McClure WattersStudy of the Current and Future skills requirements of the Marine/Maritime Economy to 2020 June 2014 - commissioned by ForfásInput to EGFSN review – published Q1 2015€82,502.25

(National Training Fund contribution €63,527)
Indecon Economic ConsultantsHospitality Sector - Hotels, Tourism & Catering November 2014Input to EGFSN review – published Q4 2015€78,289.50

(€39,145.00 paid in 2014, balance payable 2015)

National Training Fund Contribution €60,282.92


  January – December 2013
Name of external Consultant/OrganisationReport TitleDate of CommissionPublication StatusCost of Report - €
Ward SolutionsICT security reviewsVarious datesInternal ICT security assessments – not for publication24,627.00
Fitzpatrick AssociatesExport Licensing Administration Process ReviewJuly 2012Complete47,417.00

Tom Martin & Associates/TMAYouth Unemployment

A review of wage costs and other factors which may affect the employment of young people in Ireland.
Q4 2013Not for publication - Presented to the Troika in line with the terms of the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policy which is a component of the Memorandum of Understanding, September 2013, as part of which the Irish Government undertook to present a report in December 2013. 5,547.30
Janet HughesLabour Court Review of Joint labour CommitteesFebruary 2013Published 17,835.00
RSM McClure WattersThe evaluation of the Workplace Relations Pilot Early Resolution ServiceFebruary 2013Published September 2013

35,498.00
First Choice Financial Services Ltd and AJS Financial Advice LtdCredit Guarantee Scheme “Findings and Recommendations”July 2013September 201324,600.00


  January – December 2012
Name of external Consultant/OrganisationReport TitleDate of CommissionPublication StatusCost of Report - €
Ward SolutionsSecurity reviews of ICT systemsVarious datesInternal ICT security assessments – not for publication39,095.00
Version 1ICT systems review – Patents Office November 2011Internal technology review – not for publication29,667.00
Achilles Procurement Services Ltd.Recommended Procurement Strategy for a Customer Relationship Management System (CRMS) from the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour CourtJuly 2012Published internally August 20122,560.00
Deloitte Feasibility Study: Making Ireland an International Centre for Intellectual Property Ongoing 102,872.62


  March – December 2011
Name of external Consultant/OrganisationReport TitleDate of CommissionPublication StatusCost of Report - €
RitsIT Security assessment of new hosting site in Revenue Hosting CentreMay 2011Internal ICT security assessment – not for publication7,093.00
Maxima IrelandComputer Server Virtualisation Strategy ReviewJune 2011Internal technology review – not for publication8,276.00
UCD (Dr Frank Walsh)Review of ERO and REA Wage Setting MechanismsQ1 - 2011Published May 201115,000.00
Greater Heights LtdLearning Need Analysis (NERA Staff)October 2010Published15,645.00
Capital for Enterprise Ltd.Design of Temporary Partial Credit Guarantee SchemeAugust 2011Not for publication59,565.00

Departmental Expenditure

 323. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor the total photography costs per annum for her Department since coming to office inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance in tabular form; the list of 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 her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20379/16]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor): Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor I can advise the Deputy that the total photography costs incurred by my Department and its Offices since 6 May, 2016 are €461. The list of occasions for which photographers were booked, the photographers used and the breakdown of costs are detailed in the following table.

  No expenditure for photography was incurred from Ministerial allowances.

  Photography Costs incurred since 6 May, 2016

Occasion for which  Photographer BookedName of PhotographerCost
Ministerial reception for Mr Kevin Duffy and Mr Kieran Mulvey on their retirement as Chairman of the Labour Court and Director General of the Workplace Relations CommissionTommy Clancy€461


  The Department uses external photographers sparingly and, with a view to keeping costs to a minimum, regularly uses its own facilities and staff to take photographs in-house. My Department also avails of the panel of photography firms, selected following a procurement process undertaken by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which is available for use by all Departments.

Public Relations Contracts Expenditure

 324. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor to provide, broken down per annum, the use of external public relations firms employed by her Department since coming into office, in tabular form; the external public relations firm used; to outline the internal departmental policy with regard to employing external groups; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20394/16]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor): Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor My Department uses external public relations providers having regard to its business needs for specialist communications advice and technical materials assistance. In engaging such providers, the Department is mindful of the need to secure value for money and, accordingly, strives to keep costs to the minimum.

  The names and business addresses of the providers of public relations services used by my Department and the Offices of my Department and the details of the services supplied by each since 6 May, 2016 to date are as follows:

DateName and Business AddressDetails
6 May to DateBarberry Ltd

T/A Keating & Associates

19 Fitzwilliam Place

Dublin 2
To provide the Workplace Relations Commission with Communication Services (including PR; Media Monitoring advising on the design, content and production of reports and brochures

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

 325. Deputy Gino Kenny Information on Gino Kenny Zoom on Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the reason for the exclusion of former residents of county homes, other than from a minority of four selected county homes, from giving evidence to the mother and baby homes commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20230/16]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters was formally established by Government Order on the 17th February 2015.

In accordance with its comprehensive Terms of Reference, the Commission was tasked with thoroughly examining the experience of mothers and children resident in 14 named Mother and Baby Homes and a representative sample of County Homes to be selected by the Commission.

The criteria for the selection of this representative sample by the Commission are outlined in Section 2 of Appendix 1 of S.I. No 57 of 2015.

It is essential to recognise that in accordance with Section 9 of the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004, the Commission is independent in the performance of its functions. It is a matter for the Commission to decide how best to conduct the various elements of its investigations and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on matters which are for the independent Commission to decide and progress.

Persons wishing to contact the Commission may do so by writing directly to: Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, 73 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, email info@mbhcoi.ie or by telephone at 01-6445000.

Special Educational Needs

 326. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone if she is aware of incidents in which children with special educational needs who had enjoyed supports as part of the previous supports system are to have these existing supports withdrawn henceforth following the introduction of the new access and inclusion model, AIM, to support children with disabilities and special needs to access preschool education; if such a removal of supports contravenes a previous commitment given by her in which it was stated that all supports currently available through the various agencies are to remain in place for 2016-17 during this transition period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20232/16]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone Last month I introduced the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), a new programme of supports to enable children with a disability to access and fully participate in the free pre-school programme. The AIM initiative was led by my Department, in close collaboration with the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Skills and others.

As the Deputy notes, when introducing AIM, I emphasised that all existing supports, whether funded via the HSE or the Department of Education and Skills, should remain in place until the new model is fully embedded in the system. This approach was agreed by the three Government Departments involved in the development of the model and remains the policy position.

It is my understanding that all local services provided by or on behalf of the HSE have been issued with an instruction from HSE senior management that existing supports are not to be withdrawn from children with a disability until AIM is fully embedded. I will raise this matter again with my colleague, Mr Finian McGrath, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability.

UK Referendum on EU Membership

 327. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the number of staff dedicated to managing Ireland's response to the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union; the structure of this team; how it will work with teams in other Departments; who has overall responsibility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20297/16]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone I do not have any staff in my Department that are dedicated to managing Ireland's response to the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union. My Department has limited exposure to EU matters and, accordingly, there are few direct implications for my Department arising from the UK's decision. My Department is appropriately represented at Assistant Secretary level in the Interdepartmental process that is led by the Department of the Taoiseach to co-ordinate Ireland's response and I will address any issues that arise within my Department's remit.

Consultancy Contracts Expenditure

 328. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone to provide, per annum all external consultant reports commissioned by her Department since March 2011, in tabular form; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report and the publication date. [20341/16]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone In order to deliver key commitments in relation to children and young people and to put in place a unified framework of policy, legislation and provision across Government in respect of children and young people, it is at times necessary to commission reports and utilise expertise from a range of expert individuals and bodies. My Department ensures that all reports commissioned are of direct relevance to the operational and policy commitments of my Department.

  I have set out in the following table the full range of external consultant reports commissioned by my Department. Costs may include, where applicable, copy editing, design and other costs relating to publication. Separate material is provided in respect of the Growing Up in Ireland study.

Name of External ReportDate of CommissionDate/expected date of PublicationName of External ConsultantCost of Report
Audit of Children and Young people’s Participation in decision making in IrelandNovember 2009November 2011Cnag ar an Doras and Sandra Roe (joint contract)€19,890.42
National Consultation with Children Living in the Care of the StateNovember 2010July 2011Cnag ar an Doras €25,610.00
Body Image Survey ReportMarch 2011October 2011Anam Cara€6,800.00
Youth Work: A Systematic Map of the Research LiteratureSeptember 2011June 2013Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education,  University of   (EPPI-Centre) London.€67,000.00
Valuation reportNovember 2011Internal use onlyElliott Fitzgerald Ltd.€1,230.00
Needs Assessment for the Redevelopment of www.childrensdatabase.ie December 2011Internal use onlyCentre for Effective Services€18,400.00
Every Child a Home: A Review of the Implementation of the Youth Homelessness StrategyDecember 2011July 2013Centre for Effective Services



Penhouse Design



Intacta Print

Carole Devaney for proofing of report and of briefing note
€6,000.00







€5,522.70





€4,706.57



€1,360.00





Total:

€17,589.27 
Comhairle na nÓg and Garda Síochána survey on the Attitudes of Gardaí to Young People.

Questionnaire for Gardaí and Young People
July 2012Publication date to be finalised Anam Cara€7,650.00
Public Knowledge and Attitudes Relating to Children’s Rights, Welfare, Protection and ServicesJuly 2012Publication date to be finalisedBehaviour and Attitudes



Qualitative Research – Group Facilitation



Quantitative Research – Interviews



Barometer Research






€42,864.98









€59,040.00







€1,107.00



Total:

€103,011.98
Ireland’s Consolidated 3rd and 4th Report to the United Nations Committee in the Rights of the ChildJuly 2012July 2013Ms. Carmel Corrigan – Drafting of Report



Ms. Carol Devaney – Editing, Formatting and Indexing
€12,600.00









€4,760.00









Total:

€17,360.00
Strategic Human ResourcesDecember 2012April 2013Mazars€20,602.50
Internal Audit Report: Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme



Internal Audit Report: ICT Shared Services Arrangements
December 2012







December 2012
Internal use only







Internal use only
Capita Business Services Ltd





Capita Business Services Ltd
Combined for both reports €23,803.00
Summary Report for Young Voices Have Your Say- Structured DialogueJanuary 2013March 2013Cnag ar an Doras€4,918.00
Care Issues ReviewMarch 2013Internal use onlyVictor McElfatrick€3,556.56
Report on Structural DamageMarch 2013Internal use onlyFrontier Engineering Group Ltd.€7,668.74
Staff Roster ReviewApril 2013Internal use onlyMcGuinness Killen Partnership€6,715.80
Role Review for Child & Family AgencyMay 2013November 2013Mazars€16,512.75
Care Issues ReviewSeptember 2013Internal use onlyConal Devine & Associates€13,636.21
Internal Audit Report: Community Childcare Subvention/Childcare Education and Training Supports ProgrammesJanuary 2014Internal use onlyCapita Business Services Ltd€8,200.00
Care Issues ReviewFebruary 2014Internal use onlyKieran McGrath€13,500.00
Policy Analysis and Development on Remission of SentenceMarch 2014Internal use onlyBramell Lane Ltd€29,151.00
Land Valuation ReportAugust 2014Internal use onlyLisney Chartered Surveyors€2,152.50
Internal Audit Report:

National Children’s Detention Facility
October 2014Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€12,623.00
Internal Audit Report: Programme Integration Platform (June 2015)November 2014Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€15,675.00
Internal Audit Report: Transactions AuditNovember 2014Internal use only Capita Business Services€16,858.00
Report on Ireland’s Implementation of EU Youth StrategyNovember 2014Late 2015Carmel Corrigan€6,300.00
"Becoming an Active Player" - Report on meeting of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Advisory CouncilDecember 2014Internal use onlyThe Change Exploratory Ltd.€1,600.00
Internal Audit Report: Programme Integration Platform (January 2015)January 2015Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€16,858.00
Internal Audit Report: DCYA Governance of Child and Family Agency (Tusla) (Working Title)February 2015Internal use only Capita Business Services€12,100  (to date)
Report of the involvement of children and young people in the recruitment of the Ombudsman for ChildrenMarch 2015December 2015Sandra Roe€6,000.00
A report of consultations with children and young people for Ireland 2016May 2015March 2016Ursula Kelly - UCC€9,827.70
Review of Public Spending Code Return (Quality Assurance)June 2015Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€4,125.00
Report of the process of consulting children and young people living in Direct ProvisionJuly 2015January 2016Ursula Kelly - UCC€9,948.00
Audit of education and training on children’s rights and children’s and young people’s participation in decision-making in all third level and further education programmes and continuing professional development programmes in IrelandSeptember 2015March 2016Ursula Kelly - UCC€19,978.00
Report of the workshop discussions at Dáil na nÓg 2015October 2015January 2016Sandra Roe€4,000.00
Updating the  Comhairle na nÓg Toolkit November 2015June 2016Cnag ar an DorasPer diem rate –number of days to be determined
Provision of Services Pursuant to A National Consultation with Children (aged 3-5) on the National Early Years StrategyDecember 2015Internal use onlyImelda Coyne

Trinity College,

Dublin
€23,865.00
Scoping Report on the Development of Data  Relating to ChildrenDecember 2015February 2016Research Matters Ltd€20,726.55
Research support for the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive February 20162017Dr Carmel Corrigan, Independent Researcher€26,445
Report of consultations with children on after school care3rd March 20162017Dr. Deirdre Horgan, School Applied Social Studies, University College Cork  €11,076.27


  Growing Up in Ireland

  In 2006 a contract to carry out the first phase the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland was awarded by the Department of Health and Children (through the Office of the Minister For Children & Youth Affairs) to a consortium comprising of the ESRI and the Children’s Research Centre at TCD. Since then the Study has adopted the working title of 'Growing Up in Ireland'. Following another public procurement competition a contract was awarded to the ESRI/TCD consortium to carry out the second phase of the study over the period 2015-2019. As part of the overall contracts the ESRI/TCD are required to prepare and publish reports from time to time. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs meets the costs of printing these reports and since this Department was established in June 2011 the total cost of printing is €31,967.14.

Departmental Expenditure

 329. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the total photography costs per annum for her Department since coming to office inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance in tabular form; the list of 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 her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20371/16]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone I have not incurred any photography costs since I was appointed.

Departmental Expenditure

 330. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone to provide, broken down per annum, the use of external public relations firms employed by her Department since coming into office, in tabular form; the external public relations firm used; to outline the internal departmental policy with regard to employing external groups; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20386/16]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone Since coming to office in May of this year, my Department has not employed any external public relations firms. I have no current plans to engage such firms but I would be open to the possibility where I believe their professional expertise could be of assistance to my Department.

Defence Forces Investigations

 331. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny further to Parliamentary Question No. 566 of 28 June 2016, when he will issue a reply (details supplied). [20225/16]

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I can confirm that there is a military investigation in relation to the administration of the Soldiers Welfare Fund as distinct from the Benevolent Fund, I had earlier treated both terms synonymously. For the avoidance of any doubt, I am advised that the investigation into the Welfare Fund is the only investigation underway. I am sure the Deputy will appreciate that pending conclusion of this investigation, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further. However, I will receive a report on the findings of this investigation when completed.

UK Referendum on EU Membership

 332. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of staff dedicated to managing Ireland's response to the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union; the structure of this team; how it will work with teams in other Departments; who has overall responsibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20299/16]

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny At this point in time, the response to the decision of the United Kingdom is being dealt with within the existing organisational structure of the Department of Defence.

  As part of contingency planning for a UK EU exit, a number of existing structures are in place and these will be used to manage the process on a whole-of-government basis. These structures include:

  - The Cabinet Committee on EU Affairs and the Senior Officials Group that supports it;

  - The joint UK Permanent Secretaries/Irish Secretaries General group and its North-South equivalent;

  - The identification of a senior official in every Government Department, including in the Department of Defence, to oversee this issue;

  - An Interdepartmental group of senior officials, chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach, that has been meeting regularly to look specifically at the bilateral and national interests affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

  - A wider consultative group of stakeholders, chaired by Department of the Taoiseach, comprising key business representative groups, ICTU and NGOs has also been meeting for some months now. The work of this group will be scaled up and intensified;

  - The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to use the expertise of the Export Trade Council to advise Government on this issue. The expertise of the Council will be focused on the issues arising from the UK’s disengagement from the EU.

  - The work of the North-South Ministerial Council and the British-Irish Council will become more important as mechanisms to develop the detailed outworking of policy issues arising.

Consultancy Contracts Expenditure

 333. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny to provide, per annum all external consultant reports commissioned by his Department since March, 2011, in tabular form; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report and the publication date. [20343/16]

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The information requested by the Deputy in relation to external consultant reports commissioned by the Department of Defence since March 2011 is set out in the following table.

Report Cost Company Publication Date
An independent review of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) fatalities in 1989 €51,660 Mr. Frank Callinan, S.C. 19th September 2011
Review of the Air Corps’ Safety Management System €20,000 Jacques Michaud 14 November 2013
Third Report of the Independent Monitoring Group (IMG) €22,500 Dr. Eileen Doyle 3 September 2014
Consultancy report to assess the impact of an upgrade of Departments financial application software. €24,870.60

Fujitsu Ltd 30 January 2015
Review of the Civil Defence Branch €7,200 Mr. Jim Blighe N/A
Research on vessels linked to Roger Casement €4,605 Mr. John Kearon N/A

Departmental Expenditure

 334. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the total photography costs per annum for his Department since coming to office inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance in tabular form; the list of 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. [20373/16]

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny My Department has not incurred any photography costs since I was appointed in May 2016.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, following an EU-level advertised procurement process, has established a Framework Agreement comprising five firms for the provision of photography services. The Framework was established in February 2012 and is open for use by all Government Departments and Offices. My Department plans to avail of this Framework Agreement as the need arises.

Departmental Expenditure

 335. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny to provide, broken down per annum, the use of external public relations firms employed by his Department since coming into office, in tabular form; the external public relations firm used; to outline the internal departmental policy with regard to employing external groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20388/16]

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Department of Defence has not incurred any expenditure on external public relations since March 2011.


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