Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Ceisteanna (190)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

190. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the annual budget for the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in each of the years 2001 to 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22614/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The annual budget for the Office from 2001 to 2019 is set out in the following table.

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

REV Allocations (€000)

Pay

Non-Pay

Total

2001

961

1,378

2,339

2002

1,308

2,364

3,672

2003

1,426

2,402

3,828

2004

1,686

2,564

4,250

2005

1,793

2,745

4,538

2006

1,899

2,814

4,713

2007

2,119

2,704

4,823

2008

2,681

2,276

4,957

2009

2,655

2,880

5,535

2010

2,579

3,507

6,086

2011

2,660

3,307

5,967

2012

2,620

3,077

5,697

2013

2,475

2,855

5,330

2014

2,465

2,207

4,672

2015

2,884

2,207

5,091

2016

2,808

2,207

5,015

2017

2,838

2,057

4,895

2018

3,000

2,057

5,057

2019

3,740

2,317

6,057

The distribution of the funding allocations across my Department’s Vote, including that of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, is determined through the annual Revised Estimates Volume (REV) process.

Since the appointment of the current Director, the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) has been engaged in a process of organisational reform to ensure that the organisation is suitably equipped to discharge its mandate in an effective manner. Steps taken in that regard over recent years have included the recruitment of a number of specialist staff to enhance key skills and organisational capability, including 8 Forensic Accountants; a Digital Forensic Specialist; 2 Enforcement Lawyers and 2 Enforcement Portfolio Managers. Specific provision has been made in the Office’s pay allocation from 2015 to allow for the recruitment of these additional staff.

The provision of additional resources to the ODCE has also facilitated the establishment of an in-house digital forensics laboratory, including an on-site digital forensics capability whereby data retrieved from digital devices can be relayed to investigators in real time.

An additional €1m was provided for the ODCE in 2019 to reflect the likely costs associated with the transition of the ODCE into a stand-alone Agency. A funding allocation of €6.057m has been provided for the ODCE for 2019.

The issue of resourcing of the ODCE is kept under review on a regular basis between my officials and the ODCE as part of the ongoing work in operationalising the transition of the ODCE to a stand-alone agency and also as part of the normal day-to-day interaction to discuss operational matters relating to the Office.