Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (491)

Niall Collins

Question:

491. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Defence 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. [30550/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

In accordance with Government Decision of 15 March 2011, I retain a State car and Garda drivers in my capacity as the Minister for Justice & Equality.

The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe T.D., is assigned two civilian drivers who were appointed in May 2011. The costs associated with the drivers since May 2011 is set out below. Any mileage and car related expenses paid to Minister of State Kehoe are a matter for the Department of the Taoiseach.

Year

No of Drivers

Total Costs

2010

Nil

Nil

2011

2

€60,217

2012

2

€103,198

2013 to date

2

€48,982