Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (403)

Robert Troy

Question:

403. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the cost of drivers of each vehicle assigned to him and Ministers of State in his Department since March 2011; the mileage and other costs claimed in respect of each since March 2011; the overall yearly costs of ministerial cars in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12457/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In line with Government policy, I do not use a State car. My Department has employed two civilian drivers since May 2011 for driving duties in my own car in line with approved arrangements, and their salary and subsistence costs, together with the mileage costs paid to me to date, are set out in the Table. The Table also sets out similar costs for the Ministers of State in my Department since the present Government was formed.

Drivers Salaries and Subsistence

Costs

Mileage Costs

Minister

170,682.82

33,624.97

Minister of State O’Sullivan

105,760.11

12,839.69

Former Minister of State Penrose

59,961.35

10,622.55

Totals €

336,404.28

57,087.21

My Department spent a total of €130,946 on transport costs for former Minister of State Finneran in 2010. My predecessor’s transport costs under the previous scheme of Garda drivers and State cars for 2010 are a matter for the Department of Justice and Equality.