Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (600)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

600. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 160 of 13 November 2013, if the report referred to in the reply is now to hand. [5128/14]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I apologise for the delay in providing this information. The HSE Annual Financial Statement for 2011 shows payments of €4,406,561 to Guardian ad Litems, their solicitors and counsel. However, I am advised by the HSE that this amount does not represent a full year cost for all HSE areas in 2011, due to the manner in which payments were recorded in this year.

I am advised by the Child and Family Agency, that amounts totalling €13,801,701 and €11,225,536.82 were paid in respect of costs associated with Guardian ad Litems in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In 2013, payments issued to 99 individuals/companies. I am advised that the costs for 2013 are not finalised and are subject to audit.