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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 13 February 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ceisteanna (663)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

663. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent by his Department on photography by photographer and-or agency, public relations or communications advice external to the media officers of his Department, by agency; the use of public relations or communications advice by an agency fully funded by his Department by agency and month, in tabular form since 1 January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6751/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department did not incur any expenditure on external agency, public relations or communications advice since 1 January 2016. The engagement of external expertise is generally only considered where the issues involved require expert skills or capabilities that are not readily available within my Department. Press and Public Relations are undertaken by my Department’s Press Office.

In addition, my Department’s Press Office generally provides photographic services when required. However, on such occasions where this is not possible, a service provider is selected from the OGP panel in line with the procurement framework and procurement guidelines.

My Department has not incurred any expenditure on photography in 2018. Details of expenditure in 2016 and 2017 are set out in the following tables:

Photography 2016

Cost

Campaign

Payment to

€90.00

Photographs of Ballina-based senior managers for the Whodoeswhat.gov.ie website

Corrine Beatty Photography

€308.42

Material for public display in the reopened Custom House Visitor Centre

Maxwell Photography

€413.28

Announcement of €25m for the first phase of the Dolphin House Regeneration Project

Maxwell Photography

€430.50

Launch of the 2016-2020 Fire Services Capital Programme

Maxwell Photography

€602.70

Announcement of ERDF grant assistance to local authority capital works under the Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 – 2020

Maxwell Photography

Photography 2017

Cost

Campaign

Payment to

€413.95

Launch of the public consultation of the NPF – Ireland 2040

Frank Fennell Photography Ltd.

€430.50

Campaign to prevent dog attacks on sheep.

Barry Cronin

€519.40

Leader announcement

Fergal Shanahan Photography

€551.04

HAP event with Dublin City Council

Maxwell Photography Ltd.

€551.04

NPF Ireland 2040 Green Schools National Poster Competition

Maxwell Photography Ltd.

€602.70

Social housing funding announcement with the EIB

Maxwell Photography Ltd.

€706.02

Social housing event

Maxwell Photography Ltd.

€4,086.64

Fire Services - Long Service Awards

Maxwell Photography Ltd.

€393.60

Good Practice in Local Government Seminar

Dylan Vaughan

In the main, the agencies operating under the remit of my Department are not exclusively funded by the Exchequer. In any event, the information sought, insofar as those agencies are concerned, is an operational matter for the agencies themselves.

Arrangements have been put in place by each agency to facilitate the provision of information by State Bodies directly to members of the Oireachtas. The contact email address for each agency is in the table:

Agency

Email address

An Bord Pleanála

oireachtasqueries@pleanala.ie

Ervia /Gas Networks Ireland

oireachtas@ervia.ie

Housing Sustainable Communities Agency

publicreps@housingagency.ie

Housing Finance Agency

oireachtas.enquiries@hfa.ie

Irish Water

oireachtasmembers@water.ie

Local Government Management Agency

corporate@lgma.ie

Ordnance Survey Ireland

oireachtas@osi.ie

Property Registration Authority

reps@prai.ie

Residential Tenancies Board

oireachtasmembersqueries@rtb.ie

Valuation Office

reps@valoff.ie

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