Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (375)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

379 Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amounts spent by previous Ministers and Ministers of State within his Department on subsistence, mobile phone communications and recouped expenses, with indications given to the portion that are both vouched and unvouched for each year from 1 January 2007 to 9 March 2011 inclusive; the extent of such expenditure that was discharged directly by his Department on behalf of the Minister concerned; the extent to which the expenditure was discharged by credit card directly by or on behalf of the Minister involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35510/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

The amount spent by previous Ministers and Ministers of State within my Department on subsistence, mobile phone communications and recouped expenses is outlined in the following table.

Year

Minister/Minister of State

Subsistence/ recouped expenses

Mobile Phones

Total spent

2007-2010

Minister Noel Dempsey, T.D.

€40,061

€5,694

€45,755

2010

Minister of State Ciaran Cuffe, T.D.

€1,665

Not applicable

€1,665

2008-2009

Minister of State Noel Ahern, T.D.

€27,577

€2,005

€29,582

2007

Minister of State Pat the Cope Gallagher, T.D.

€23,531

€4,731

€28,262

2007

Minister Martin Cullen, T.D.

€7,209

Not applicable

€7,209

The monthly expenses paid to Ministers in accordance with Oireachtas rules are not vouched. The figures for the years in question are:

2007 —€13,881

2008 —€26,771

2009 —€17,625

2010 —€2,000

In addition some travel and subsistence allowances paid at the rates specified by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are not vouched. None of the expenditure was incurred by Departmental credit card.