Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (117)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

117. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011 including costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32266/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

My Department only avails of the services of external photographic agencies where it is warranted, in particular for major events and State occasions. This is a service which my Department provides so that the media can easily and freely avail of photography where their own staff photographers cannot be fully accommodated. Events in 2018 such as the State visit by the Italian President, the visit of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Pope Francis all resulted in positive overseas media coverage of Ireland.

Through the Office of Government Procurement, an updated Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for the provision of Professional Photography and Videography is now in operation. My Department procures the services of external photographic agencies via this Framework where necessary. In addition, my Department frequently uses in-house resources for photography whenever possible.

In relation to photography costs for the period March 2011 to December 2017, I would refer the Deputy to the reply issued to Question No. 349 of 13 December 2016 and the reply that issued to Question No. 108 on 13 February 2018.

The cost of photography to my Department for events which took place in 2018 to date is listed in Table 1 below. In the time available, it has not proved possible to compile a breakdown of photography costs associated with events organized by Ireland’s network of 87 diplomatic missions abroad.

TABLE 1 2018 - to date

Description

Date

Cost

Minister

Photographer

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

18/01/2018

€ 351.85

Mr. Pat Breen, T.D

Maxwell Photography

Closing ceremony of 60 Years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland

23/01/2018

€ 676.50

Minister Cannon

Julien Behal

New Years Greetings at Aras

12/02/2018

€ 665.56

Mr. Ciaran Cannon, T.D.

Lafayette Graduation Services

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

19/02/2018

€ 351.85

Ms. Helen McEntee TD

Maxwell Photography

State Visit of Italian President

20/02/2018

€ 2,767.50

N/A

Julien Behal

Head of Mission Conference 17th January 2018

20/02/2018

€ 233.70

N/A

Maxwell Photography

Head of Mission Conference 16th January 2018

20/02/2018

€ 270.60

N/A

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

20/03/2018

€ 351.85

Minister Katherine Zappone

Maxwell Photography

Visit of French Foreign Minister and Minister Mc Entee

20/03/2018

€ 738.00

Minister Mc Entee

Maxwell Photography

Visit of Columbian Rugby Team

04/04/2018

€ 522.75

Minister Cannon

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

12/04/2018

€ 351.85

Minister Pat Breen T.D,

Maxwell Photography

Visit of German Foreign Minister

25/04/2018

€ 676.50

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Brexit Media Trip

02/05/2018

€ 1,469.85

N/A

Julien Behal

20th Anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

02/05/2018

€ 515.00

Tánaiste

Paul Faith

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

04/05/2018

€ 351.85

Minister of State Brendan Griffin T.D

Maxwell Photography

Visit of Chinese Minister

21/05/2018

€ 553.50

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Visit of French Foreign Minister

21/05/2018

€ 615.00

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

05/06/2018

€ 351.85

Minister of State John Paul Phelan T.D

Maxwell Photography

20th Anniversary Good Friday Event

11/06/2018

€ 522.75

N/A

Julien Behal

Citizens Dialogue Launch

12/06/2018

€ 1,094.70

Tan Coveney/Min Mc Entee

Maxwell Photography

Visit of Prince Charles

19/06/2018

€ 2,429.25

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Iveagh House Lecture Lord Patten

12/07/2018

€ 430.50

Tánaiste

Maxwell Photography

Visit of Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince

20/07/2018

€ 2,149.43

N/A

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

26/07/2018

€ 436.98

Minister Ciarán Cannon T.D,

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

26/07/2018

€ 436.98

Minister Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, T.D

Maxwell Photography

Visit of Pope Francis

11/09/2018

€ 1,014.75

Tánaiste Coveney

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

01/10/2018

€ 351.85

Minister Patrick O’Donovan T.D

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

02/10/2018

€ 351.85

Minister of State Damien English T.D

Maxwell Photography

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready Launch

08/10/2018

€ 522.75

Tánaiste, Min Humphries and Min Creed

Julien Behal

Visit of Palestinan Authority President Mahmood Abbas

08/10/2018

€ 1,100.85

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Ploughing Championship

08/10/2018

€ 738.00

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Brexit Media Trip October

01/11/2018

€ 1,476.00

N/A

Julien Behal

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready Galway

01/11/2018

€ 522.75

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready Monaghan

01/11/2018

€ 522.75

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready Dublin

01/11/2018

€ 522.75

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Visit of Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs China

05/11/2018

€ 522.75

Tánaiste Coveney

Julien Behal

British Irish Inter-Govermental Conference

05/11/2018

€ 861.00

Tánaiste Coveney & Minister Flanagan

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

14/12/2018

€ 351.85

Mr. Ciarán Cannon T.D

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

09/01/2019

€ 351.85

Mr. Ciarán Cannon T.D

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

10/01/2019

€ 351.85

Jim Daly, T.D

Maxwell Photography

Visit of German Foreign Minister

23/01/2019

€ 768.75

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Visit of Dutch Minister

04/02/2019

€ 120.00

Minister McEntee

Drone Services

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

15/02/2019

€ 454.00

Minister Ciarán Cannon, T.D

Maxwell Photography

New Years Greetings ceremony

15/02/2019

€ 307.50

Mr. Ciaran Cannon T.D

Maxwell Photography

Visit of Dutch Foreign Minister

21/02/2019

€ 522.75

Tánaiste Coveney

Julien Behal

Meeting of EU & Middle East Foreign Ministers

21/02/2019

€ 553.50

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Reconciliation Fund Conference

25/03/2019

€ 768.75

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Visit of Speaker Nancy Pelosi

24/04/2019

€ 731.85

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Cultural performace at GPO for Speaker Nancy Pelosi

24/04/2019

€ 854.85

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Host County Agreement Signing

29/04/2019

€ 522.75

Attorney General, Seamus Woulfe

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

15/05/2019

€ 615.00

Ms. Katherine Zappone, T.D

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

16/05/2019

€ 454.00

Minister Kevin "Boxer" Moran, T.D

Maxwell Photography

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

16/05/2019

€ 454.00

Minister Paul Kehoe, T.D

Maxwell Photography

Photography President of Seychelles

19/06/2019

€ 522.75

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

New Ambassador Credentials Ceremony

28/06/2019

€ 340.50

Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D

Maxwell Photography

Women Peace Security Conference

28/06/2019

€ 922.50

Tánaiste

Julien Behal

Cost at DFAT Missions

N/A

€ 7,948.84

N/A

N/A

Total

€ 45,742.04