Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Michael Ring

Question:

338 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount which was spent in his Department for 2002 for media purposes and advertising; the areas in which the money was spent, that is, national papers, provincial papers, RTE radio, local radios and so on; the amount of money which was spent on videos, if for promotional, educational or advertising purposes; the public relations staff which are employed in his Department; and the cost for 2002. [4187/03]

Marian Harkin

Question:

343 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 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. [4006/03]

Marian Harkin

Question:

345 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount of money spent on media advertising in the periods 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001, 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003 to date. [4036/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 338, 343 and 345 together.

The Deputies will appreciate that my Department, with its present range of functions, was established in June 2002 with functions trans ferred in from five other Government Departments and functions transferred out to three other Government Departments. Against this background a degree of difficulty arises in providing the information requested. However, I am happy to provide the following information available to my Department.
Brindley Advertising holds the Government contract for advertising in the print media. The total expenditure on advertising, mainly for statutory and official notifications, placed by my Department and its predecessor, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, with that company for the years in question was as follows:

£

2001

632,189

497,889

2002

829,528

2003 (to date)

5,099

The following amounts were also paid in respect of advertising during these periods:
To RTE

2001

400

2002

1,362

2003 (to date)

50

To O'Meara & Partners, in respect of advertising of the National Folk Life Museum, Turlough House, Castlebar:

2001

45,939

2002

6,525

To Montague Communications, in respect of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, €19,303 was paid in 2002.
Payments made by my Department's press office for external public relations and media monitoring services were as follows:
2001

£

Media monitoring

6,267.67

Public relations

4,802.82

Total

11,070.49

2002

Media monitoring

6,742,31

Public relations

2,108.66

Total

8,850.97

2003

Media monitoring

731.45

Public relations

Nil

Total

731.45

The information sought in relation to personnel numbers and costs in this area is as follows:
1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001 – former Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands:
5 personnel: Salary costs for the period in 2001 amounted to €177,642.
1 January 2002 to 5 June 2002 – former Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands:
5 personnel: Salary costs for the period to 5 June 2002 amounted to €84,253.
6 June 2002 to 31 December 2002 – Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs:
4 personnel: Salary costs from 6 June to 31 December 2002 amounted to €50,253.
1 January 2003 to date – Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs:
4 personnel: Salary costs in 2003 to date amounted to €17,726.
While my Department employs no public relations staff, I should say for the sake of completeness that the above costs include the costs of a Press Adviser.