Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ceisteanna (229)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

229. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice the contracts with public relations agencies and consultants entered into by her Department; and the remit of these contracts including the costs in tabular form. [29357/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

Drury Porter Novelli, a public relations agency, has been engaged by my Department since January last year to provide public relations and communications support to the Balance for Better Business Review Group, an independent business-led Review Group established by the Government to improve gender balance in senior business leadership in Ireland, and supported in its work by the Department of Justice and Equality and by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

The service provided by Drury Porter Novelli includes advice and assistance in respect to the overall communications strategy, ongoing communications support, and operation of a social media presence for the Balance for Better Business initiative.

They also support small scale public relations opportunities organised under the auspices of or in association with the initiative. The cost of this service to my Department is set out in the tabular form below:

PR Agency

2019

2020

Drury Porter Novelli

€41,922.33

€69,486.84

Please note that 2020 expenditure shown is for the period January-September 2020.