Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (98)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

98. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent on consultancy fees to companies (details supplied) since June 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21715/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department administers a diverse, complex and technical brief across critical and strategic sectors of the Irish economy. The technical, commercial, legal complexity and evolving nature of sectors with which the Department deals requires access to external professional expertise to assist in discharging its functions. In procuring these specialist services, my Department always seeks to ensure value for money and that these services contribute to project delivery and informed, robust and evidence-based policy making.

Details of expenditure since June 2015 on consultancy services provided to my Department by the three companies listed in the Question are set out in the table.

Name of Consultant

Project

Expenditure

KPMG

National Broadband Plan

11,475,285

Irish Natural Gas Network Study

208,879

KPMG Total

11,684,164

PwC

National Broadband Plan

2,411,021

PwC Total

2,411,021

Analysys Mason

National Broadband Plan

4,056,077

Advice on procurement of a new Emergency Call Answering Service provider

397,288

Metropolitan Area Networks Pricing and Access Review Consultancy

110,700

Galway - Mayo Pipeline Ducting

102,782

International Connectivity for Northern Ireland - Consultancy

38,600

Analysys Mason Total

4,705,447