Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (710)

David Cullinane

Question:

710. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent on tribunals, commissions of investigation and statutory inquiries in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by inquiry, tribunal or commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29828/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

There is currently one commission of investigation currently under way for which I am the specified Minister under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004. This is the Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters) and it is chaired by Judge Yvonne Murphy.

The commission is independent in the performance of its functions and it would not be appropriate for me to comment on any aspects of their work. However, I can confirm costs to date in relation to the work of the Commission. This includes expenditure incurred directly by the Commission itself and costs incurred directly by my Department in supporting their work and responding to various interim reports. This expenditure also includes costs associated with   processes I have commenced to complement the Commission's work by facilitating former residents of these institutions to directly engage on the issues of concern to them and their families.

Year

Expenditure

2019

€1.5m

2018

€3.0m

2017

€2.7m

2016

€2.3m

2015

€1.7m

There have been no other tribunals, committees of investigation or statutory inquiries for which I was the specified Minister.