Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (107)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

107. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach if he will publish a spreadsheet tracking expenditure to date by the strategic communications unit in his Department; if the unit has made an application for additional funding; and the sanctioning process for additional funding of the unit. [11356/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The work of the Strategic Communications Unit is currently under review. Details of expenditure up to the end of February 2018 are contained in the following table:

Details

2017

2018

(to 28 February)

Total

Travel & Subsistence

€3,423.21

€299.34

€3,722.55

Advertising and Incidental Expenses

€35,186.33

€124,385.38

€159,571.71

Postal & Telecommunications

€626.48

€308.27

€934.75

Office Equipment

€10,848.60

€8,212.56

€19,061.16

Total

€50,084.62

€133,205.55

€183,290.17

The figures included above represent actual expenditure incurred and processed through my Department’s financial management system to end February 2018. Additional invoices for various projects are currently being processed or are yet to be received.

In Budget 2018, €5 million was allocated to the Unit. The Unit has not made any application for additional funding.