Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Questions (168)

Paul Murphy


168. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the nature of training provided to election observers by his Department in 2013; the reason it was felt necessary to train the observers at that time; the cost of the training; the persons that were eligible to attend this training; the names of the persons; the expenses or allowances they were paid to attend the course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45177/17]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade maintains a roster of observers for election monitoring mission. Irish observers participate primarily in missions organised by the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). A new roster of 200 members plus a reserve panel of 10 was established in May 2013, following a public call for applications. Following the establishment of this Roster in 2013, the Department organised training which was open to those members who had been selected and appointed to the roster in May 2013. This one day training course provided an overview of all aspects of the Election Roster, including introductory training in electoral observation, role of a short term observer and international electoral and observational standards.

This course was delivered on four separate dates in November 2013 in Dublin and the total cost of the training including fees for the course providers and expenses for the Roster members was €21,526.04.

From the available information, the following Election Roster members attended the training course and were paid the following expenses:





Almha O'Keeffe

John Minihan


Anne Donnellan


John Moore

Brendan Gogarty

John Mulvihill

Brendan Walsh

Joseph Mangan

Cathal Kelly

Karen Murphy

Cecilia Keaveney


Kevin Grogan


Colm Smith

Les Allamby


Denis Kirby


Mark Long


Dermot Cogan


Michael McCarthy


Diarmuid Cunniffe

Noel Brennan


Diarmuid Peavoy

Paddy Donnelly

Edward Naessens

Padraic McDunphy


Emma Warwick


Pat Carroll

Evanna Craig

Patrick Quinlan


Fergal McCusker


Paul Brennan


Fiachra O’ Luain


Paul Tighe

Fidelma McHale

Pauline Conway

Finola McDowell

Pearse McCorley

Frances Ball

Peter Cotter


Gerard Buckley


Peter Donovan

Gerry McNamara


Raymond Maxwell


Gisela Schmidt-Martin


Rebecca Moynihan

James Doody


Richard Humphreys

James McCarthy


Robert McDaid


Jimmy Lenehan

Ronán O'Brien

Joe Scanlon


Ruadhan MacAodhain

John Burke


Sarah-Jane Hillery

John Curran

Shane O'Connor

John Durnin


Terry Duffy

John Lynch


Theresa Reidy


Where no figures are entered in the above table, no expenses were paid.