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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 March 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Questions (107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

96 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a breakdown of general law expenses from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14915/12]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I have shown as follows the details sought. The most significant item of expenditure incurred was in respect of law costs awarded against the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Award of Law Costs

€5,722,283

€5,691,519

€7,147,476

€5,957,466

€2,541,660

Psychologists Fees

€38,674

€42,753

€35,333

€23,265

€25,946

Cost Accountants

€100,809

€84,577

€58,794

€63,043

€27,269

Stenographers Fees

€17,253

€28,240

€21,907

€9,512

€9,996

Sundry

€51,405

€61,294

€25,959

€25,505

€17,419

Total

€5,930,424

€5,908,384

€7,289,469

€6,078,790

€2,622,289

Question No. 97 answered with Question No. 89.

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

98 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach the number of staff employed in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; the number of these employees in receipt of salaries over €200,000, and over €150,000 and over €100,000, and their job titles. [14917/12]

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The answer is as follows:

2009

2010

2011

CSSO Staff Numbers

249

230

228

Year

Employees Earning

Number

Job Title

2009

Over €200,0001

1

Chief State Solicitor

Over €150,000

3

Assistant Chief State Solicitor

Over €100,000

1

Assistant Chief State Solicitor

10

Deputy Assistant Chief State Solicitor

7

Principal Solicitor

1

Principal Legal Executive

2010

Over €200,000

0

Over €150,000

1

Chief State Solicitor,

1

Assistant Chief State Solicitor

3

Assistant Chief State Solicitor

9

Deputy Assistant Chief State Solicitor

1

Principal Solicitor

2011

Over €200,000

0

Over €150,000

1

Chief State Solicitor,

1

Assistant Chief State Solicitor

3

Assistant Chief State Solicitor

10

Deputy Assistant Chief State Solicitor

3

Principal Solicitor

1The Chief State Solicitor took a voluntary pay cut of €22,931 in 2009 bringing his gross pay to €197,361.

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

99 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach the average amount paid to staff in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for travel and subsistence on an annual basis; the details of the types of expenses staff may recoup; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14918/12]

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The Office of the Chief State Solicitor complies with the Civil Service Regulations with regard to travel, subsistence and expenses. The types of expenses which can be claimed are those which are laid down in the Department of Finance/Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circulars.

Year

Average Amount

2009

€752.62

2010

€573.91

2011

€588.40

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

100 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a breakdown of spending on postal and telecommunications services in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. [14919/12]

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The answer is as follows:

2009

2010

2011

TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT — Support and Maintenance

€15,293.52

€11,283.28

€11,283.28

TELEPHONIST CONTRACT

€71,293.32

€99,458.391

€85,199.75

TELEPHONES

€213,997.85

€164,444.27

€162,353.66

COURIERS

€17,811.20

€21,925.39

€21,974.47

POSTAL SERVICES

€77,020.01

€71,591.26

€58,276.41

€395,415.90

€368,702.59

€339,087.57

1Service provided at the end of 2009 was not paid for until 2010.

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

101 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a breakdown of spending on office equipment and external IT services in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. [14920/12]

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The answer is as follows:

Type of Service

2009

2010

2011

IT Hardware and Software

€158,031

€123,572

€153,994

External IT Services

€21,272

€24,205

Office Machinery

€43,454

€92,283

€26,863

Equipment and Software maintenance and repairs

€384,262

€280,336

€313,173

Stationery and Printing

€183,457

€202,974

€166,387

IT and Equipment Consumables

€2,327

€18,133

€30,893

Total

€771,531.61

€738,569.81

€715,517

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

102 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach the details of any external companies which performed duties for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the past three years; the types of services they provided; and the amounts they were paid for these services. [14921/12]

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The answer is as follows:

Type of Service

2009

2010

2011

Security

€412,208

€443,063

€443,266

Cleaning

€130,390

€130262

€127,314

Taxi

€13,517

€20,199

€16,725

Courier

€17,811

€21,925

€21,974

Postal

€77,020

€71,591

€58,276

Telephonist

€71,293

€99,548

€85,200

For security reasons, the Office of the Chief State Solicitor has not disclosed the names of the companies involved in the provision of duties over the last three years.

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

103 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach the details of any office premises expenses of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the past three years; the amount paid in rent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14922/12]

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The following are the costs of office expenses for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for 2008 to 2010:

Account

2009

2010

2011

Furniture and Fittings

€191,399

€83,420

€148,655

Utilities

€116,743

€109,362

€106,555

Maintenance and Repairs

€84,417

€166,407

€190,059

€392,559

€359,190

€445,269

This expenditure comprises costs in relation to Furniture and Fittings, Utilities and Office maintenance and repairs.

The Office of the Chief State Solicitor does not pay any rent in the buildings it occupies. Osmond House is owned by the Office of Public Works and rent for the three floors occupied in The Chancery Building is paid for by the OPW.

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