Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (981)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

981. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of external consultant reports commissioned by her Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of same; the company involved; and the title and publication date by report in tabular form. [32241/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

My Department considers hiring external consultants in cases where there is not the necessary expertise to deliver the project in-house, in cases where an external assessment is deemed essential, or in cases where a project must be completed within a short time scale, and although the expertise or experience may be available in-house, performing the task would involve a prohibitive opportunity cost.

My Department complies with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's guidelines for engagements of consultants by the civil service, having regard to public procurement guidelines.

Details of external consultant reports commissioned by my Department from March 2011 to date are set out in the following table.

2019

Name of external Consultant/Organisation

Report Title

Date of Commission

Publication Status

Cost of Report

Micromail

Cloud Readiness Review

March 2019

Internal report not intended for publication.

€8,179.50

Ergo Systems

ICT Security Review

January 2019

Internal report not intended for publication.

€28,044

Clarion Consulting

ICT Strategy Development

October 2018

Not yet completed. Internal report not intended for publication

€66,000

Estimated

Ward Solutions

ICT Security Review

July 2019

Not yet completed. Internal report not intended for publication

€15,100

Estimated

Cruinn Associates

Design Skills Report (Working Title)

May 2019

Expected to be published early 2020.

€80,000 estimated

Kevin Duffy

Employment Law Guide

May 2019

For inclusion in various WRC publications

€12,300

Jillian Mahon – Independent Financial Consultant

Design and Planning of a Finance Advisory Hub to stimulate

financial skills among entrepreneurs and business owners

January 2019

Not yet completed. Internal report not intended for publication

€19,550 estimated

Ernst & Young (EY)

Review of Microfinance in Ireland

July 2019

Not yet completed. Internal report not intended for publication

€68,794 estimated

European Investment Bank (Innovation Advisory Hub) which commissioned Oliver Wyman Consultants

The digitalisation of small and medium enterprises in Ireland – Models for financing digital projects

2019

Exec Summary of the Report published on 7 March 2019

No cost to Department