Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2613)

Shane Cassells


2613. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of external consultant reports commissioned by his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of same; the company involved; and the title and publication date by report in tabular form. [32254/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department was established on 19 July 2017. I have listed in the table below the external consultants commissioned to undertake work on behalf of my Department from that date, to-date.

In each case the reports/material produced were for internal or stakeholder use only, and not for external publication with the exception of the report on a review of the Community Services Programme due to be published by the end of this year and the Local Digital Strategies which will be published by each individual Local Authority.




Cost €

Date Published


Provision of Technical Support for the development of Shared Telecoms Infrastructure by Local Authorities


€19,767.00 (Incl. VAT)

Final technical drawings were received 9 November 2018. 4Site documents were for internal use only and were not published externally.


Provision of Cost Analysis Report for the development of Shared Telecoms Infrastructure by Local Authorities


€4176.00 (Incl. VAT)

Cost analysis piece was received by the Department in January 2019. Intended for use by Broadband Officers in Local Authorities.


Provision of Development of Local Digital Strategies for all Local Authorities

INDECON International Economic Consultants

€149,246.97 (Incl. VAT)

Final guidelines for development of strategies issued on 25 September 2018. Local Digital Strategies are being prepared by each individual local authority and will be externally published.


Provision of Information Sessions for all participating Local Authorities on developing Local Digital Strategies

INDECON International Economic Consultants

€37,604.79 (Incl. VAT)

Sessions are currently being rolled out to participating local authorities with a view to having all sessions delivered before end Q3 2019. Information sessions for Local Authorities and are not published externally.


Preparation of guidance & delivery of training for local authorities & industry on environmental screening/appropriate assessment of works in relation to rollout of telecommunications infrastructure, primarily related to the rollout the National Broadband Plan. The Environmental screening piece will also be only for internal/local authority use and will not be published externally.

RPS Group

€79, 089 (Incl. VAT)

Due Q3 2019

Will not be published externally


Internal report to assist in developing our HR strategy

Athrú Consulting

€9,840 (Incl. VAT)

An internal report to assist in developing our HR strategy at an estimated cost of €15,000 work completed January 2019. Report not published externally.


Project Management Assistance KOSI Corporation Ltd

KOSI Corporation

€12,822.75 (Incl. vat)

Project Management Assistance, a report was not published externally.


Review of the Community Services Programme

Indecon International Economic Consultants

€112,422 (Incl. vat)

The report on the review will help inform decisions on the future shape and structure of the programme. This report will not be published. The Department will publish a consultation report on the review separately by end 2019.