Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (213)

Niall Collins

Question:

213. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the photography costs for his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the 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 in his Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50580/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Photography costs incurred by my Department are on its website at the following link:

https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/29002e-photography-costs/

It is the policy of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that photography costs are kept to a minimum and services are provided in-house by staff. Where services are contracted, best value is sought and a number of quotes are obtained. Services are contracted out on an exceptional basis only. No such costs have been incurred from use of the ministerial allowance.