Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Marian Harkin

Question:

245 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the number and cost of personnel involved in his Department in media, media marketing and public relations activities, including external public relations and media monitoring services in the periods 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001, 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003 to date. [4000/03]

The information which the Deputy requested in relation to the Department's media and information unit is outlined in the following table:

Year

Number of Staff

Cost in €

Total in €

2001

1 Media Adviser

44,951

153,302

1 Press Officer

44,359

4 Clerical Officers

63,992

2002

1 Media Adviser

70,089

193,282

1 Press Officer

44,197

4 Clerical Officers

78,996

2003

1 Media Adviser

12,568

28,223

1 Press Officer

5,898

3 Clerical Officers

9,757

The unit handles all media, media marketing, public relations activities and information matters. The current media adviser in my Department is not a civil servant.