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Consultancy Contracts Issues

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 17 October 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Ceisteanna (199)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

199. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide a list of all companies or persons providing an external professional service to his Department such as ICT, legal advice, advertising, project management and including any other external professional service not listed; the amount invoiced by each company to him over the past 12 months, in tabular form. [45327/12]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The table below outlines details of fees paid for professional services by my Department over the past 12 months. My Department administers a very diverse and complex brief. The Department has a small cohort of permanent staff, some 245 full time equivalents at present. Its remit includes oversight of very complex policy areas and direct procurement of major services where protection of the State’s interest must be paramount. This situation necessarily requires my Department to procure specialist external professional advice notably in legal, financial and technical areas to enable it to discharge its responsibility to deliver quality services and protect the interests of the State and the taxpayer. Projects for which my Department is responsible include the intensive and nationwide campaign on Digital Switchover, strategic review of oil refining capability, complex telecommunications contracts such as the MANs and the National Broadband Scheme, and oversight of compliance with the Corrib consent conditions (the cost of which is recouped from the developer).

In addition the very limited in–house technical resources in areas such as geoscience, energy and telecommunications makes it imperative to have recourse to a certain amount of external professional services in these areas. Many of these outsourced services relate to specialist, technical, defined term projects which are externally funded. The table below reflects the above context. In procuring these specialised services, my Department always seeks to ensure value for money and the keeping of expenditure to the minimum necessary. In this regard, the Deputy might note that expenditure from my Department’s consultancy services and value for money and policy reviews budget has reduced from €2.249m in 2008 to €1.372m in 2011.

Details on arrangements entered into by bodies under the aegis of the Department are a day to day matter for the bodies themselves. In relation to the competitive tendering for contracts my Department adheres to the relevant EU Regulations and Department of Finance Guidelines on the procurement of goods and services.

Professional fees paid by the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources from October 2011 to October 2012

Service Provider

Description of service

Costs €

2B Energy

Consultancy –Meath Tyrone Power Lines

32,285

Aarum Exploration Ltd

Geological data compilation

89,040

Arthur Cox Solicitor

Legal Expenses

71,909

Atlas Services Group

Hydrographic Data Processing-INFOMAR GSI

20,105

Atlas Services Group

Hydrographic Data Processing –INFOMAR GSI

139,955

Beta Analytic Limited

INFOMAR GSI Operations

1,199

Brian Smith

Consultancy –Vessel Skipper- INFOMAR GSI

28,918

Centrestage

Printing and Binding

1,421

Clare Morgan

Geophysical Consultancy

72,765

Client Solutions Ltd

Software Maintenance

122,082

Cloda Ryan

Pensions Advisor

3,469

Compass Informatics Ltd

Provision of ICT Resources

109,199

Compass Informatics Ltd

Geographic Information Systems Services, EC Marine Projects, GSI,

59,313

Conleth Bradley

Moriarty Tribunal legal expenses

22,264

Construction Consultancy Services

Data Entry & Compilation Services, Geoscience Initiatives GSI

47,834

Core International

Software Licensing

42,931

David Fox Associates

Petroleum Engineering Support

192,148

Deloitte & Touche

Procurement Advice

57,974

Diarmuid Rossa Phelan BL

Moriarty Tribunal legal expenses

24,200

Dr Ir Veerle A.I. Huvenne

Research Project Evaluations, INFOMAR, GSI

1,274

Elimark AB

Consultancy –Meath Tyrone Power Lines

38,788

Environ UK Ltd

Corrib Gas Consultancy

200,896

Eoin McGrath

Marine Geoscience Services, INFOMAR GSI

59,307

Espion Intelligence

IT Outsourced Services

6,872

ESRI Ireland

Software Maintenance

245,492

Geo Marine Survey Systems BV

Offshore Data Acquisition, INFOMAR GSI Operations

49,325

Gill Scott

Marine Geoscience Services, INFOMAR GSI Operations

12,176

Grainne O’Shea

Geographic Information Systems Services INFOMAR GSI Consultancy

84,661

Indecon

Griffiths Research Review, GSI

16,940

Indecon

National Broadband Plan

28,167

Irish Observer Network

Survey Vessel Master Services, INFOMAR, GSI

7,109

Janine Guinan

Marine Geoscience Services, EC Marine Projects, GSI

77,299

Jenny Deakin

Hydrogeological Services, Groundwater Source Protection, National Federation of Group Water Schemes.

4,000

Jim Duffy

Exemplar Networks

5,004

John Deasy

Marine Geoscience & Hydrographic Services, Infomar Consultancy

19,188

John L O’Donnell

Moriarty Tribunal legal expenses

33,396

Katherine Knights

Geochemical Consultancy, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

86,054

Keane Offshore Integrity Ltd

Corrib Gas Consultancy

81,971

KPMG

Financial Advisor

48,429

Latinollo Limited

National Analogue Switch Off Campaign

1,193,278

Mason Communications Ltd

National Broadband Scheme

162,737

Magnum Opus Ltd

Broadband Management Services Entity Costs

13,432

Mairead Glennon

Geological Project Management Consultancy, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

63,783

Maria Judge

Marine Geoscience Services, EC Marine Projects, GSI

56,969

Mason Hayes and Curran

Assistance in implementation of National Postcode System

88,250

Medmark Ltd

HR Medical Examinations

350

Mentecplus Integrated Solutions Limited

Software Licensing and Enhancements

7,264

Morrow Communications

Outreach Consultancy, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

51,751

Mouchel Parkman Ireland Ltd

Landslide Susceptibility Mapping, Geoscience Initiatives, GSI

69,525

Neary Marketing

Branding & Marketing, Geoscience Ireland Project, GSI

8,000

Niall Finn

Marine Geological Services, EC Marine Projects, GSI

53,941

O’Connell Agri-Environmental Consultants

Geochemical Data Acquisition, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

297,338

OHH Energy

Consultancy –Meath Tyrone Power Lines

41,122

On Site Vaccination

Health Screening

1,404

PA Consulting Group

Assistance in implementation of National Postcode System

169,407

Peter Cooney

Geographic Information Systems Services, National Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping, GSI

63,031

Peter Conroy

Hydrogeological Services, Groundwater Source Protection Work, Local Authority Public Water Supplies, GSI

2,420

Phelim Lally

Geological Services, National Aggregate potential Map, Geoscience Initiatives, GSI

74,265

Philip O’Reilly

Assistance in implementation of National Postcode System

1,125

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Financial Advisory Service

49,200

Purvin & Guertz

Consultancy Services: Oil refining study

145,660

Reidy Brophy Ltd

Emergency Exercise for Oil Supply Disruption

7,100

Robert Meehan

National Quaternary Map, Geoscience Initiative, GSI

17,230

Ronan O’Toole

Marine Geoscience & Hydrographic Services, INFOMAR, GSI

90,088

Shane Carey

Geographic Information Systems Services, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

79,409

SLR Consulting Ireland Ltd

Core Store Holdings Review, GSI

39,688

SLR Consulting Ireland Ltd

Geological Services, Shallow Geothermal Resources Project, GSI

60,500

Tierney and Associates

Internal Audit Consultancy

51,744

Tobin Consulting Engineers

National Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping, Geoscience Initiatives, GSI

331,229

Tom Browne

Survey Vessel Master Services, Infomar , GSI

19,111

VBF Technologies

Information Society and eInclusion

32,894

Dr Vincent Gallagher

Geochemistry Services, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

34,526

Versata FZ LLC

Software Licensing

102,795

Waterwise Environmental

Water Sample Analyses, TELLUS Border Project, GSI

89,109

Xodus Group Ltd

Strategic Environmental Assessment

36,667

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