Written Answers. - Media Monitoring Unit.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

63 Mr. Quinn asked the Taoiseach the full year cost for 1998 of the media monitoring unit within the Government Information Services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1807/99]

The full year cost of the media monitoring unit to my Department in 1998 was approximately £72,000. This covers the manager's salary, shift allowances paid to six staff on secondment from Departments and other general administration costs. The salaries of the staff on secondment are paid by their parent Departments and my own Department pays the shift allowance, amounting to one sixth of each officer's salary. There are also some overhead costs which are incurred by my Department such as office maintenance, heating and electricity costs. However, these costs cannot be identified separately.