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Departmental Expenditure

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 May 2012

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Questions (95)

Niall Collins

Question:

97 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will detail, in tabular form, the total photography costs for his Department since coming to office inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24746/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

I assume that the Deputy is referring to costs arising where photographers were engaged by my Department to cover Ministerial or Departmental events.

The following table lists the occasions on which photographers were booked for such events for the period since the establishment of my Department in June 2011 to date, the photographers or photographic companies engaged, and the actual or estimated cost associated with each specific occasion. The total cost amounts to €4,081.52. This includes costs both for the booking of photographers and some general ancillary costs, such as postage, etc, where relevant. In a small number of cases, final invoices are still awaited.

TABLE

Cost incurred by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the engagement of photographers to cover Ministerial/Departmental events from June 2011 to date

Occasion

Photographer

Cost

Edinburgh Festival Fringe event

Alastair Devine

€362.23

Launch of Introduction of Architectural Heritage of County Galway

Joe Travers

€100

Culture Night, Dublin

Maxwell Photography

€599.25

2011 National Famine Commemoration, Clones

Philip Fitzpatrick

€400

2011 Open House Dublin, Lir Theatre, in conjunction with the Irish Architecture Foundation

Alice Clancy

€0.00*

2011 National Famine Conference, Dublin

Bernie McMahon (Mac Innes Photography)

€370.87

Release of White-Tailed Sea Eagles, Killarney National Park

Valerie O’Sullivan

€120

Launch of National Biodiversity Plan, Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Mac Innes Photography

€283.75

British-Irish Council Ministerial Meeting (Minority Languages Sector), Co Donegal

Tommy Curran

€80

Launch of Treaty Online Project, National Archives, Dublin

Mac Innes Photograhy

€341.83

Ballycroy National Park Whaling Exhibition

Eamonn O’Boyle

€320

Official Opening of Burren National Park Information Centre, Corofin

Nicholas Mac Innes

€550

Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference 2012 event

Erin Baiano

€347.89

Commemoration at Teampallín Bán Famine Graveyard

Domnick Walsh Photography

€205.70

*Part of a package of two events for the price of one.

The hiring of photographers for Ministerial or Departmental events is dependent on a number of factors. These include the nature of the engagement, the expected level of media interest and the national/regional scope of the subject. At all times, value for money is a critical consideration in the context of the booking of photographers.

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