Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (167)

Niall Collins

Question:

167. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the total cost of ministerial transport in his Department in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date 2013; the number of drivers employed in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30554/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The following table shows details of the cost of Ministerial transport in my Department in the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Official cars are not provided to Ministers of State. The figures reflect the motor travel allowances claimed for official travel undertaken in accordance with guidelines set out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Salaries paid to the official drivers and subsistence amounts paid to the drivers are also included in the tables. Minister of State Dick Roche T.D.

Year

Number of Drivers

Cost

2010

2

€121,213

2011

2

€29,580

Minister of State Lucinda Creighton T.D.

Year

Number of Drivers

Cost

2011

2

€53,832

2012

2

€83,594

2013

2

€28,968

Minister of State Peter Power T.D.

Year

Number of Drivers

Cost

2010

2

€101,754

2011

2

€19,253

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan T.D.

Year

Number of Drivers

Cost

2011

2

€60,208

2012

2

€2,072 claims relating to 2011

Minister of State Joe Costello T.D.

Year

Number of Drivers

Cost

2012

NIL

€13*

2013

NIL

€184*

*vouched costs of taxi fares incurred on foreign travel.