Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (3015)

Shane Cassells

Question:

3015. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the photography costs for her Department in each year since March 2011 including costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32261/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

With regard to the period 2011 to 2017, I would refer the Deputy to the reply given to Parliamentary Question Number 765 of 14th December 2017.

The information requested by the Deputy for the years 2018 and 2019 to date is set out in the tables below.

2018 €13,912

Event

Photographer

Cost €

Photographs for the Department's site "Whodoeswhat.ie"

Táin Bó Media Teo

74

Launch of new App by Minister of State at Oireachtas na Samhna 2017

Táin Bó Media

98

Official meeting with the Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop.

Pat Byrne Photographer

180

Launch of Cruinniú na nÓg and local authority Culture and Creative Strategies

bigO Media

1,050

National Creativity Fund Announcement

Clare Keogh

57

National Creativity Fund Announcement

Conor McCabe Photography Ltd

308

Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 Launch, Creative Children Launch and Creative Ireland Forum

Maxwell Photography

1,531

Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 launch

Stedman Photography

215

Lough Corrib Logboat Project

Cathal Twomey

1,890

Photography of Sherkin and Moore Abbey Artefacts

Con Broghan Photography

550

Appointment of Michael Parsons as Chair of Heritage Council

Maxwell Photography

172

Launch of Public Consultation Process for Heritage Ireland 2030

Maxwell Photography

363

BHIS/HSF 2019 Launch Photocall

SON Photographic Ltd

406

Launch of Experiencing the Wild Heart of Ireland

Don Moloney

235

Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027 Launch

Fennell Photography

584

Mná 1916 Book Launch.

Lensmen & Associates

431

RMS Leinster Official Commemoration.

SON Photographic Ltd

554

Armistice Day State Centenary Commemoration.

Maxwell Photography

424

Armistice Commemoration Glasnevin

SON Photographic

615

Launch of the Markievicz Award.

Maxwell Photography

474

Launch of the book ‘Centenary Commemorations and Celebrations – Speeches by President Michael D. Higgins’.

Frank Fennell Photography Ltd

289

Exhibition Opening of '100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018.

Frank Fennell Photography Ltd

578

EPSO Irish language Translators Competition

Maxwell Photography

584

Royal Visit Killarney House

Valerie O’Sullivan

500

Images for Opening of Killarney House Interpretive Centre

Valerie O’Sullivan

950

Audio Visual Filming Killarney House Interpretive Centre

Niall Foley

800

Promotion of conservation at raised bog Special Area of Conservation site

SkyFab Aerial Imaging

600

2019 €5,355

Event

Photographer

Cost €

Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 Digital Photography

bigO Media

1,845

CCMA Meeting 2019

Fennell Photography

277

Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 launch

Stedman Photography

246

Launch of Historic Towns Initiative

Maxwell Photography

135

Launch of Heritage Fund Ireland

Fennell Photography

369

Publication of Heritage Ireland 2030

PI Communications

1,353

National Biodiversity Conference

Fennell Photography

461

Oiliúint ar-líne do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge (Ollscoil Mhá Nuad)

Táin Bó Media

369

Official Opening of Killarney House Exhibition

Niall Foley

300

No costs were incurred from use of the Ministerial allowance.

The hiring of photographers for Ministerial or Departmental events is dependent on a number of factors, including the nature of the engagement, the expected level of media interest and the national/regional scope of the subject. Certain costs included relate to the photographic documentation of important heritage sites, a key function of my Department, rather than to specific occasions. At all times, value for money is a critical consideration in the context of the booking of photographers.