Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (239)

Niall Collins

Question:

239. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the photography costs for her 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 her Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50571/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

My Department administers over 70 separate schemes and services, which affect the lives of almost every person in the State. The Department is committed to ensuring that members of the public are fully aware of the welfare supports and services that are available to them.

Photography services are used, in conjunction with press releases, conferences and launch events, to communicate my Department’s key initiatives, launches, schemes and services to customers and are regularly issued to regional and national media. This photography is used across a wide range of publications and guides, and regularly placed on the Department's website to highlight the services and initiatives of the Department.

Since March 2011, photography services have been used for the occasions as set out in the tables below. All costs listed are inclusive of VAT.

In accordance with Government procurement policy, the Department undertook procurement for the provision of “Professional Photography Services” in 2018. Following this, SON Photographic Ltd. was appointed under an Office of Government Procurement framework tender. The majority of the Department's photography requirements have therefore been arranged through this company since June 2018. The procurement of all other photography services was carried out under informal tendering arrangements in accordance with national and EU procurement procedures.

I do not use my ministerial allowance for the purposes of obtaining photography services.

2011

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Launch of JobBridge

Maxwells

1035.16

Departmental North/South Summer School, Maynooth

Kevin Morris Photography

950.00

Mortgage Arrears Seminar

Ark Photography

254.10

Social Inclusion Forum

Ark Photography and Dragana Jurisic

547.50

2 Social Inclusion Projects

Ark Photography

326.70

Total 2011:

€3,113.46

2012

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Launch of ‘Partial Capacity’ and ‘Employability’

Maxwells

338.25

Launch of Pathways to Work

Maxwells

536.28

Opening of Community Campus in Phibblestown

Lensmen

280.44

Launch of Mortgage Information Helpline

Ark Photography

258.30

Launch of Good Practice Guide for Breakfast Clubs

Ark Photography

184.50

Presentation of Report of the Actuarial Review of the Social Insurance Fund

Ark Photography

184.50

Launch of Intreo Centre, Sligo

Joe Travers

300.00

Intreo roadshow in Limerick

Picsure Ltd (Kieran Clancy)

233.70

Employer roadshow in Galway

Joe Travers

125.00

Employer roadshow in Cork

Tony O’Connell Photography

227.00

Employer roadshow in Dublin

Ark Photography

258.30

Total 2012:

€2,926.27

2013

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Launch of Intreo Centre in Tallaght

Lensmen

323.48

Launch of JobBridge Arts in Killarney

MacMonagle Photography

338.25

Briefing for Employers in Blanchardstown and Launch of Intreo in Blanchardstown

Lensmen

851.25

Publication of Indecon Report on JobBridge

Lensmen

589.79

EU Presidency Conference, Leuven

Peter Cavanagh

707.25

Launch of Kilkenny Intreo Centre

Vicky Comerford

123.00

Launch of Pathways to Work

Maxwells

482.16

Inaugural Meeting of the Labour Market Advisory Council

Maxwells

424.35

Launch of Intreo Centre in Loughrea

Joe Travers

225.00

Total 2013:

€4,064.53

2014

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Launch of Benefit of Work ready reckoner and official opening of Intreo in Ballyfermot office

Ark Photography

322.88

Official opening of Intreo Centre in Limerick

Kieran Clancy

221.40

Official opening of Intreo Centre in Castlebar

Joe Travers

300.00

Medical Assessor Admin Conference

Bobby Studios Photography

270.60

Launch of Interim Report of Labour Market Council

Ark Photography

258.30

Total 2014:

€1,373.18

2015

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Tánaiste meeting with French Prime Minister in Leinster House

Mac Innes Photography

246.32

Launch of Jobs Week

Maxwels

413.28

Launch of Intreo Centre in Galway

Joe Travers Photography

175.00

Total 2015:

€834.60

2016

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Official Opening of Clondalkin Intreo Centre

Robbie Reynolds Photography

553.50

Launch of Pathways to Work 2016 to 2020

Maxwell Photography Ltd

645.75

Total 2016:

€1,199.25

2017

Details

Photographer

Cost (€)

Official Opening of Elizabeth O'Farrell House with Mrs Sabrina Higgins

Photocall Ireland

92.25

Launch of Healthy You Early Intervention Forum

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Portrait photography of Management Board

Son Photographic Ltd

501.76

Portrait photography of Management Board

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Portrait photography of a member of the Management Board

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Launch of ‘MyGovID’ online services

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Launch of ‘Make Work Pay’ Report

Son Photographic Ltd

442.80

Launch of Jobs Fair

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Launch of ‘Treatment Benefit' Awareness Campaign

Son Photographic Ltd

464.33

Purchasing Photography Stock for Jobs Week 2016

Charlie Collins t/a Collins Photo Agency

163.03

Purchasing Photography Stock

Charlie Collins t/a Collins Photo Agency

163.03

Launch of awareness campaign

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Senior Management Day Event and Portrait Photography

Son Photographic Ltd

1,045.50

Launch of Fuel Allowance Information Campaign

Son Photographic Ltd

467.40

Purchase of Stock Photography from 2016

Photocall Ireland

92.25

Photography of Intreo Centre for stock photography

Son Photographic Ltd

356.70

Launch of new ‘Ability’ Programme to help people into employment

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Jobs Week - Navan Event

Son Photographic Ltd

390.53

Jobs Week - Dublin Castle Event

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Photo for BTSCFA Launch

Son Photographic Ltd

485.85

Photo for Paternity Benefit Campaign Launch

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Photo for Treatment Benefits Announcement

Son Photographic Ltd

485.85

Announcement of Gender Recognition Act

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

DEASP 70 Year Anniversary Open Policy Conference

Son Photographic Ltd

605.78

NCI DEASP Graduation Event

Son Photographic Ltd

€442.80

Total 2017:

€9,766.86

2018

Details

Photographer

Costs (€)

Jobsweek 2018

Son Photographic Ltd

307.50

Launch of Pension Roadmap

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Mother & Baby Fair

Fennell Photography

405.90

Launch of Feeding Ireland’s Future

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Update on Pensions Roadmap

Son Photographic Ltd

541.20

Launch of Ability Programme

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance

Son Photographic Ltd

485.85

Telephone Support Allowance

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance - cancellation

Son Photographic Ltd

123.00

Pre-Budget Forum

Son Photographic Ltd

615.00

Intreo Jobs Fair – Dublin Castle

Son Photographic Ltd

485.85

Launch of Make Work Pay – Richmond Barracks

Son Photographic Ltd

430.50

Auto-Enrolment – Government Press Centre

Son Photographic Ltd

319.80

Customer Experience Conference

Son Photographic Ltd

553.80

Management Board

Son Photographic Ltd

258.30

Total 2018:

€6,248.70

2019 (to end of October)

Details

Photographer

Costs (€)

Hot School Meals – Launch of Pilot

Son Photographic Ltd

319.80

Launch of MyWelfare.ie

Son Photographic Ltd

319.80

Minister Doherty's visit to CE Schemes in Westmeath

SR Photography

160.00

Management Board – photography

Son Photographic Ltd

259.30

Jobs Week 2019 – Dublin Castle

Son Photographic Ltd

516.60

Jobs Week 2019 – Bray

Son Photographic Ltd

455.10

SMT photography – Carrick-on-Shannon

Son Photographic Ltd

504.30

Management Board (J McCrum) & Comms Unit

Son Photographic Ltd

258.30

Pre-Budget Forum

Son Photographic Ltd

713.40

Employer Roadshow - Cork

Provision Ltd

283.75

Employer Roadshow - Blanchardstown

Son Photographic Ltd

418.20

Total (to end of October) 2019:

€4,208.55