Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ceisteanna (116)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

116. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Finance the contracts with public relations agencies and consultants entered into by his Department; and the remit of these contracts including the costs in tabular form. [29352/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

My department has entered into contracts with public relations agencies and public relations consultants during 2019 and to date in 2020 as outlined in the following table:

Year

Description

Amount

2019

Daniel J Edelman Ireland Limited.

Provision of specialist advice on the use of social media in an international context for the international launches of the Government of Ireland’s Ireland for Finance Strategy.

€24,395

2020 (to date)

Daniel J Edelman Ireland Limited.

Provision of specialist advice on the use of social media in an international context for the international launches of the Government of Ireland’s Ireland for Finance Strategy.

€4,879

2019

Switch Your Bank website hosting 2019 – Language Communication

€2,066.40

2020 (to date)

Switch Your Bank Website hosting 2020 – Language Communication

€2,066.40

*The cost of the Switch your Bank campaign is fully recoupable by AIB and Permanent TSB in the context of their restructuring plans. These costs relate to a Public awareness campaign as part of a range of competition measures agreed with the European Commission to raise awareness and promote customer switching of financial products. The Department of Finance facilitates this campaign as part of its remit to ensure that consumers are protected within the financial sector in Ireland and to ensure a healthy level of competition. The contract with Language Communications permitted them to appoint subcontractors for provision of services.