Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (137)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

137. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the costs paid to companies (details supplied) for projects each was engaged by his Department in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the reason each was engaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29444/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for two votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation).

The Department seeks to minimise expenditure on consultants and commissions external expertise only in cases where highly specialised skills are not available internally. During the course of engagement, these consultants and experts may prepare reports and other analysis or documentation for the Department. The detail in relation to the companies referred to is set out in the table below.

Year

Company

Project

Cost

(€)

2015

Mazars

Audit of IT Security and Disaster Recovery Systems (part I)

€23,072

2016

Mazars

Audit of IT Security and Disaster Recovery Systems (part II)

€1,648

2019

Mazars

Support to ICT Audit:(ICT Security, ICT Governance, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery)

€13,390

In addition to the payments made to the company a total of €7,400 was paid in Withholding Tax to the Revenue Commissioners in respect of these payments.

Question No. 138 answered with Question No. 125.