Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (782)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

782. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the costs paid to companies (details supplied) for projects for which each was engaged by her Department in the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the reason each was engaged; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29442/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department did not engage any of the companies in question for a capital or ICT project in respect of the years in question.   The companies were engaged to provide consultancy services and other services required in the day to day running of the Department.  Details of any payments made from 2015 to date are set out by year in the following tables.  There were no payments made to A&L Goodbody or Davy for the years in question.  

Tables:

2019

Company

Project - reason

Expenditure 

PWC

Data Specialist

€97,150

2018

Company

Project

Expenditure 

Mazars

GDPR and Accounting advice for Social Welfare and Civil Registration Bill 2017.

€115,721

2017

Company

Project

Expenditure 

KPMG

Actuarial Review of the Social Insurance Fund

€235,870

Mazars

Internal Audit Services, GDPR Analysis

€224,784

2016

Company

Project

Expenditure 

Mazars

ICT Internal Audit Services

€15,074

Arthur Cox law firm

Settlement to Solicitors. 

€17,048

2015 

 Nil to report

Expenditure on projects, including consultancy services is closely monitored and companies are only engaged for essential work, following a rigorous assessment of need.   Since 2016, in accordance with FOI guidelines all contracts awarded over €25k are published quarterly on www.welfare.ie.  In addition, since 2011, details of expenditure on IT External Services Provision, eGovernment and Consultancy subheads are published annually on www.welfare.ie .