Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (63)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

63. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of external organisations or membership-based organisations his Department is a member of; the year in which his Department joined the organisation; the amount paid in membership in each of the past five years; the level of interaction between his Department and the organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18785/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

My Department is a member of three external organisations. Details of the three organisations and the amount paid to each in membership fees in the period 2015 to 2019 are set out in the table below.

Name of Organisation

Year Joined

Amounts Paid

Level of Interaction

Governance Forum at the Institute of Public Administration

2016

2015 - €0

2016 - €4,000

2017 - €4,000

2018 - €4,500

2019 - €4,500

This forum has been established to provide advice, training and information on good governance. The forum is managed by the Institute of Public Administration to provide a network, events and advice on governance issues from a public interest perspective. As a member organisation of the Governance Forum since 2016, my Department avails of the range of services provided by the Forum, including attendance at briefing events and conferences, customised in-house training and consultancy, advice from governance specialists and access to the Governance Forum web site.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network Ireland

2009

2015 - €1,500

2016 - €1,500

2017 - €1,500

2018 - €0

2019 - €1,500

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network Ireland provides a forum for the promotion and exchange of best practice information on CISM and information on standards, availability and provision of training for CISM. My Department is a member of the Network to maintain currency in relation to this area.

Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)

1993

2015 - €7,000

2016 - €8,500

2017 - €10,000

2018 - €10,000

2019 - €10,000

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) is Ireland’s leading think tank on European and International affairs. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. Its aim is to provide a forum for those with an interest in strategic planning in Irish Foreign and EU policy, and to evaluate and disseminate strategic policy options in these areas.

As a corporate member of the Institute, staff of my Department attend many of the briefing events and conferences which it organises over the course of any year.