Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (982)

Shane Cassells

Question:

982. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation 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. [32258/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

I can advise the Deputy that the total photography costs incurred by my Department and its Offices since 9 March 2011 are as follows:

2011 - €2,017

2012 - €4,100

2013 - €4,455

2014 - €4,534

2015 - €6,153

2016  -  €4,421

2017 - €4,818

2018 - €6,732

2019 (to date)  -  €8,227

The details for each year are set out in the following table. No expenditure for photography was incurred from Ministerial allowances. Photography Costs

My Department uses external service providers having regard to its business needs for such services.  In engaging such providers, the Department is mindful of the need to secure value for money and be compliant with public procurement guidelines.