Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 756 No. 2

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  523.  Deputy Niall Collins  Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins   asked the Minister for Justice and Equality  Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter   the total photography costs for his Department since he came into office; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked over the past year; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; if there is a policy around the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9667/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  I can inform the Deputy that photographic services are only used by my Department to mark high profile events and when considered absolutely necessary. Consideration is given at all times to the cost involved and best value for money is always a priority when sourcing such services. The photography costs for my Department since my appointment is set out in the following table:

Occasions for which photographers were booked by the Press Office Date Cost
Launch of the Visa Waiver Scheme by The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, T.D. 30 June 2011 €607.42
Appointment of Deputy Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan 22 March 2011 €500.34
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. and UK Immigration Minister, Damien Green, M.P., sign Joint Statement and the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding on visa data exchange. 20 December 2011 €526.35
Conference in Dublin Castle entitled How to Elect More Women? The event was part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). To promote the event and to comply with the publicity requirements associated with ESF projects, a photographer was booked. 20 January 2012 Payment pending receipt of invoice. An approximation of the probable cost is €760.00.
Photography service used to mark the historic deployment of civilian immigration officers to Dublin Airport to replace Gardaí. 1 February 2012 Payment pending receipt of invoice.
Total Photography Costs to date. €2,394.11(approx.)

The following revised reply was received on 26 September 2012.

I can inform the Deputy that photographic services are only used by my Department to mark high profile events and when considered absolutely necessary. Consideration is given at all times to the cost involved and best value for money is always a priority when sourcing such services. The photography costs for my Department since my appointment is set out in the following table:

Occasions for which photographers were booked by the Press Office Date Cost
Launch of the Visa Waiver Scheme by The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, T.D. 30 June 2011 €607.42
Appointment of Deputy Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan 22 March 2011 €500.34
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. and UK Immigration Minister, Damien Green, M.P., sign Joint Statement and the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding on visa data exchange. 20 December 2011 €618.60
Conference in Dublin Castle entitled How to Elect More Women? The event was part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). To promote the event and to comply with the publicity requirements associated with ESF projects, a photographer was booked. 20 January 2012 Payment pending receipt of invoice. An approximation of the probable cost is €760.00.
Photography service used to mark the historic deployment of civilian immigration officers to Dublin Airport to replace Gardaí. 1 February 2012 Payment pending receipt of invoice.
Total Photography Costs to date. €2,394.11(approx.)


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