Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 626 No. 4

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  511.  Mr. P. McGrath  Information on Paul McGrath  Zoom on Paul McGrath   asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   the amount expended on photographers by his Department for events and publicity leaflet pro[1374]duction in his constituency and the constituency of each Minister of State of his Department in the years 2004, 2005 and to date in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35281/06]

Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  The amount expended on photographers by my Department for events in my constituency in the years 2004, 2005 and to date in 2006 is as follows:

2006

Invoice date: 20/03/06 Sustainable Energy Ireland Conference, Na Forbacha €214.06 (inc. VAT)
2006 Total €214.63

2005

Invoice date: 22/12/05 Launch of TV ad to promote Irish language, 10/12/05 €283.75 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 22/12/05 Photo to promote farmers’ markets/small food production, 3/12/05 €283.75 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 18/05/05 Presentation of bound copies of Placenames Orders 25/04/06 €488.96 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 05/05/05 Glór na nGael Placenames Presentation, An Spidéal 25/04/05 €523.01 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 04/01/05 Inauguration of new cargo ferry service to Aran Islands 04/01/05 €472.16 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 04/01/05 Presentation of EU Cohesion Report, Na Forbacha 20/12/04 €210.88 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 04/01/05 Signing of Gaeltacht Placenames Order, Na Forbacha 21/12/04 €449.23 (inc. VAT)
2005 Total €2,711.74

[1373]There were four events in 2004 in Minister Ó Cuív’s constituency for which photographers were hired. All were Departmental events. The detailed files on these events have now been sent to archive storage, however the details can be made available to the Deputy on request.

2004

Invoice date: 01/12/04 €666.70 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 24/11/04 €464.90 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 24/09/04 €652.63 (inc. VAT)
Invoice date: 17/06/04 €652.40 (inc. VAT)
2004 Total: €2,436.63

It should be noted that my Department has an office in Na Forbacha in the Galway Gaeltacht, and that the events for which photographers were hired bear no relation to the work of my constituency office; all events were directly related to the work of the Department. No photographers have been hired for events in Minister of State Ahern’s constituency. My Department does not incur costs in relation to publicity leaflet production in the constituencies of either myself or Minister of State Noel Ahern.


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