Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (588)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

588. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details and cost of flights, accommodation and other expenses borne by Enterprise Ireland for Ministers and officials from her Department in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19412/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

A central element of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for 2017-2020 is to build scale and expand the reach of Irish exporting companies. In that regard, the primary objective of Enterprise Ireland’s trade missions and events is to support such companies in growing their global footprint. To support the internationalisation activity of Enterprise Ireland clients, Enterprise Ireland will undertake 207 international and domestic trade events in 2019.

Enterprise Ireland ran 62 Ministerial-led international events in 2018, including trade missions to Germany, Italy, China, and the US.

The cost of flights, accommodation and other expenses borne by Enterprise Ireland for Ministers and officials from her Department in 2018 is presented in the table below. The figures presented are for trade events at which both a Minister and an Official were present.

Expenses borne by Enterprise Ireland for Ministers and officials from her Department in 2018

Ministerial Delegation Expenses

Airfares

Hotel

Taxis/Car Hire etc

Meals & Entertainment

Total

Total €

61,161.15

41,014.84

6,855.65

6,027.78

115,059.42

As agreed with the Deputy, Enterprise Ireland will provide the information relating to 2017 as soon as it is available.