Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (121)

Brendan Howlin


121. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach the cost to his Department of his attending the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018; the costs incurred in respect of travel, accommodation, attendance fees and other items; the names of those who attended paid for by his Department; and the individual costs attached to each and all other sundry costs. [9803/18]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland from 24 to 26 January. I was accompanied by my Chief of Staff, the Secretary General of the Department, the Government Press Secretary, my Private Secretary, and a Security Officer from An Garda Síochána.

As is the case with all my travel, my officials ensured costs were minimised and the best value for money pursued.

Hotel accommodation is allocated to delegations by the WEF. Attached below is a breakdown of costs which have been received by my Department to date. The final cost of the trip is not yet available and details of costs will be published on my Department’s website in due course. There are no fees associated with my attendance at the World Economic Forum.

Breakdown as follows:



Taoiseach’s Hotel Room (2 nights Davos)


Hotel Room 1 official (2 nights Davos)


Hotel Room 1 official (1 night Zurich )


Apartment Accommodation (4 officials x 2 nights)


Total Accommodation


Zurich - Dublin flight for one member of the Delegation


Train / Metro Tickets


Car Hire Transport Costs

Arranged by Irish Embassy Berne - Not yet invoiced

Receipted Expenses


Total costs DOT


Question No. 122 answered with Question No. 98.