Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (168)

Niall Collins


168. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the total costs of photography incurred by his Department in 2011, 2012 and to date 2013 in tabular form per event. [30570/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

In September 2011, my Department led a collaborative advertised tender process for the procurement of a multi-supplier competitive framework of photographic service providers. This is now available for use by all Government Departments. The purpose of this framework is to ensure Departments’ compliance with EU procurement rules and to ensure value for money by having a competitive process for photographic assignments. A review of the framework and a new tender issued earlier this year. In addition, my Department is looking at the increased use of in-house photography where appropriate. Details of the new framework arrangements are posted on the National Procurement Service website: www.procurement.ie/suppliers/contracts/1298. The table below indicates the cost associated with particular events, as requested by the Deputy. It should be noted that in many cases the figures include distribution as well as photography costs. This ensures that the media can easily and freely avail of photography for important events where their own staff photographers cannot be fully accommodated. There were a number of such events in the period in question, including the State visit of Queen Elizabeth, the visit by President Obama and the Irish Chairmanship of the OSCE. In the case of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, there was demand for photography for a number of events which would not apply in ordinary circumstances.

Photography Events


State Visit of Queen Elizabeth II


Expenditure of missions abroad*


Diplomatic Credentials Ceremonies


Official Visit by Chinese Vice President


State Visit of Prince Albert of Monaco


OSCE Ministerial Council


Official Visit by the King & Queen of Lesotho


Official Visit to Mozambique, Malawi & Tanzania


Diplomatic Corps New Years Greetings


Global Irish Economic Forum


Inauguration of President Higgins


OSCE Event: Lessons learned from NI Peace Process


Launch of Our World Awards


Africa Ireland Economic Forum 2011


Haiti Photographic exhibition


Science for Development Award at BT Young Scientist


Launch of Commemoration Lecture Series


Official visit to Kenya


Official Visit by Indian Minister


Launch of the 2010 Irish Aid annual report


Launch of EU Presidency Logo


Launch of Africa Day 2011 - Dublin


Official Farewell for the British Ambassador


Meeting of EU Development Ministers


Western Balkans Conference


Visit of Elders


OSCE 5+2 Conference


Visit of Congressman Morrison


Visit of Aung Sang Suu Kyi


Official Visit by US Congressional Delegation


Launch of Hunger Envoy’s Report


Visit of Governor of Massachusetts


Simon Cumbers Fund Exhibition


Africa Ireland Economic Forum - 2012


Meeting with Japanese Ambassador


Launch of Certificate of Irish Heritage


HNCJ Conference


Irish Aid Trade and Development Conf.


UNRWA Commissioner General


Meeting with British delegation


100 Objects launch


Visit of Bill Gates


Visit of German Opposition Leader


Visit of Norwegian Foreign Minister


Irish Aid Our World Awards - 2013


EU Affairs Ministers Meeting


Visit of French Minister for European Affairs


Irish Aid Int'l Conf. on Agriculture


EU Working Group on Humanitarian Aid


OSCE 5+2 Conference (2)


Visit of Romanian Foreign Minister


Visit of Head of International Rescue Committee


Forum on female entrepreneurship


Visit of Swiss Foreign Minister


Irish Aid Fellowship Annual Meeting


Volunteering Fair, Limerick - 2011


Forum with Arab Ambassadors


Africa Day Launch, Limerick - 2011


BT Young Scientist - 2013


Meeting with UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region


Visit of Secretary General, Council of Europe


Global Irish Network Advisory Group


Official Visit to Korea/ Japan




* It was not possible in the time available to provide a detailed breakdown