Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (589)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

589. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details and cost of flights, accommodation and other expenses borne by IDA 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. [19413/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

Investment missions supported by IDA Ireland provide valuable opportunities to engage with businesses and secure new investment. They also further strengthen the economic relationship between Ireland and our most important trading partners.

It is important to remember as well that foreign direct investment (FDI) remains an extremely competitive sector internationally. Every project is hard-won and IDA investment missions are an important tool through which the Agency can showcase Ireland as a destination where overseas firms can successfully grow their businesses.

The tables below set out details of expenditure incurred by IDA Ireland in respect of Ministers and Departmental personnel on IDA-related business overseas in 2017 and 2018.

Table A: Costs incurred by IDA Ireland in 2017 for Ministers and Departmental personnel in respect of IDA-related business overseas

Flights

Accommodation

Transportation

Other

2930.20

7211.55

9,128.16

994.85

Table B: Costs incurred by IDA Ireland in 2018 for Ministers and Departmental personnel in respect of IDA-related business overseas

Flights

Accommodation

Transportation

Other

0

2327.93

9015.76

550.36