Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Questions (268)

Brian Hayes

Question:

359 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of financial management systems in place in his Department; the persons who provided his Department with these systems; the cost of maintaining the software; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6000/08]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

My Department has two financial management systems in operation, one for Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs) and one for Vote 29 (International Cooperation). There are two systems in place as the financial management of the two is kept separate, to take account of different requirements and, in particular, the specific needs of the aid programme. Both systems are versions of SUN software. They are provided by Core Financial Systems Ltd., under a contract awarded in January 2006, on the basis of a competitive public tender process. The total cost of maintaining the software in 2007 was €235,697.