In line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines on ministerial appointments, I employ two civilian drivers on a week on/week off basis to drive my private car on official business. Each driver receives €631.75 per week in respect of these duties and are not entitled to claim overtime. A total of €118,800 has been paid in civilian driver salaries since 2011. Civilian drivers are entitled to claim subsistence payments in respect of certified official travel at the appropriate Civil Service rates and under the regulations applying to such subsistence. A total of €9,271 has been paid since 2011 in this regard.
In addition, mileage claims totalling €26,956 in respect of the use of my personal car have been paid since 2 June 2011. As my Department was only established in June 2011, figures relating to the cost of Ministerial transport in 2010 are not available.