Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (168)

Niall Collins

Question:

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

Cost

State Visit of Queen Elizabeth II

€22,662.70

Expenditure of missions abroad*

€18,887.38

Diplomatic Credentials Ceremonies

€12,952.30

Official Visit by Chinese Vice President

€7,321.58

State Visit of Prince Albert of Monaco

€6,213.35

OSCE Ministerial Council

€4,786.55

Official Visit by the King & Queen of Lesotho

€2,473.14

Official Visit to Mozambique, Malawi & Tanzania

€2,388.30

Diplomatic Corps New Years Greetings

€2,015.97

Global Irish Economic Forum

€1,923.90

Inauguration of President Higgins

€1,817.30

OSCE Event: Lessons learned from NI Peace Process

€1,479.35

Launch of Our World Awards

€1,268.05

Africa Ireland Economic Forum 2011

€1,220.59

Haiti Photographic exhibition

€919.90

Science for Development Award at BT Young Scientist

€711.71

Launch of Commemoration Lecture Series

€658.82

Official visit to Kenya

€606.40

Official Visit by Indian Minister

€599.75

Launch of the 2010 Irish Aid annual report

€569.00

Launch of EU Presidency Logo

€560.84

Launch of Africa Day 2011 - Dublin

€526.35

Official Farewell for the British Ambassador

€241.09

Meeting of EU Development Ministers

€521.19

Western Balkans Conference

€482.16

Visit of Elders

€430.50

OSCE 5+2 Conference

€417.76

Visit of Congressman Morrison

€412.05

Visit of Aung Sang Suu Kyi

€393.92

Official Visit by US Congressional Delegation

€388.62

Launch of Hunger Envoy’s Report

€379.33

Visit of Governor of Massachusetts

€361.62

Simon Cumbers Fund Exhibition

€350.86

Africa Ireland Economic Forum - 2012

€319.80

Meeting with Japanese Ambassador

€318.84

Launch of Certificate of Irish Heritage

€296.23

HNCJ Conference

€284.63

Irish Aid Trade and Development Conf.

€282.41

UNRWA Commissioner General

€246.00

Meeting with British delegation

€209.10

100 Objects launch

€206.64

Visit of Bill Gates

€195.20

Visit of German Opposition Leader

€194.88

Visit of Norwegian Foreign Minister

€189.19

Irish Aid Our World Awards - 2013

€171.23

EU Affairs Ministers Meeting

€166.05

Visit of French Minister for European Affairs

€166.05

Irish Aid Int'l Conf. on Agriculture

€164.60

EU Working Group on Humanitarian Aid

€154.98

OSCE 5+2 Conference (2)

€153.75

Visit of Romanian Foreign Minister

€137.76

Visit of Head of International Rescue Committee

€137.76

Forum on female entrepreneurship

€134.33

Visit of Swiss Foreign Minister

€120.54

Irish Aid Fellowship Annual Meeting

€119.55

Volunteering Fair, Limerick - 2011

€119.55

Forum with Arab Ambassadors

€116.85

Africa Day Launch, Limerick - 2011

€115.85

BT Young Scientist - 2013

€109.25

Meeting with UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region

€103.32

Visit of Secretary General, Council of Europe

€103.32

Global Irish Network Advisory Group

€102.15

Official Visit to Korea/ Japan

€95.00

Total

€102,176.25

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