81. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his Department’s Estimates for each year since 2008; the percentage of GDP and GNP it was annually; if he has had communications with the Minister for Finance to increase it to the EU average of 1.4% or the proposed EU 2% of GDP annually in line with NATO countries projected military spend and with President Donald Trump’s pronouncements. (Question 52876/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Expenditure by my Department for Vote 35 (Army Pensions) and Vote 36 (Defence) for 2008 to 2016 is as set out in the table below, along with expenditure expressed as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP). The Army Pensions and Defence budget provision for 2017 is €921 million. 2017 GDP and GNP figures are not expected to be published until Q2, 2018.
Defence Expenditure (Votes 35 & 36) 200...

837. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the unallocated spend within his Department for 2017; the expenditure allocated to programmes in 2017 which are due to cease in 2017; the funds that will become available within his Department’s expenditure profile in 2018 due to changes in demand for services and goods and-or changes to costs within his Department and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32241/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The total gross budget allocation for the Defence and Army Pension Votes in 2017 is over €921m. This allocation provides for the pay and allowances of the Defence Forces and civil servants and civilian employees in the Defence Sector, ongoing standing and operational costs of the Defence Forces and also facilitates investment in essential equipment and infrastucture. It also provides for the payment of pension entitlements to ...

378. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the cost to his Department of the Air Corps officers mess for inflight catering; if this figure has ever been audited by an external agency; and if not, the reason. (Question 18555/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The military authorities have advised that in 2016 a total of €3,472 was reimbursed to the Air Corps Officers Mess with regard to the provision of light refreshments for Ministerial Air Transport (MATS) flights.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG;) audits the Appropriation Accounts for the Defence and Army Pensions Votes under Section 3 of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993. It is a matter for the ...

87. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46777/15 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: The number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups held by my Department are detailed in the table below
 Number of subscriptions External membership body Total cost per body (€) for 2015 2 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Membership (CIPD) 430 1 Institute of International and European Affairs 7,000 1 Irish Centre for European Law 395 1 Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland 200 1 Irish Computer Society 115 ...

88. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46778/15 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department has eleven annual subscriptions to newspapers/magazines at a total cost of €8,312.86 Details of the Department’s annual subscriptions are as follows:
 Newspaper/Magazine/Online Subscription Annual Cost Journal of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland €200.00 European Voice €199.75 Data Protection Ireland Journal €355.00 Economist (print and online service) €1,882.60 Eurointelligence (online service) €875.00 Industrial Relations News...

79. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups her Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46747/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups, for which my Department as an entity is a member, are tabulated below. This does not include various professional bodies which staff members are members of. 
 Body 2015 Membership Cost € Irish Centre for European Law 76.00 Irish Institute of Pensions Management 255.00 ESRI 400.00 Total 731.00 
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80. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines her Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46748/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The total expenditure on newspapers for my Department for 2015 was €9,541.96.
Expenditure on magazine and journal subscriptions for 2015 was €12,604.53. 
The following newspapers are delivered to my Department:
 Delivered Monday to Saturday Irish Examiner x 4 Irish Times x 3 Irish Independent x 5 Irish Daily Mail x 3 Irish Daily Star x 2 Irish Mirror x1 Irish Sun x1 Financial Times x3 


 Delivered Sun...

204. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Finance the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46753/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The information requested by the Deputy for 2015 for my Department is set out below:
 Number External membership body Subscription (€) for 2015 1 Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland 200.00 2 Bruegel 66,406.00 3 Institute for International & European Affairs  7,000.00 4 ERA - Academy of European Law 75.00 5 Irish Institute of Training and Development 500.00 6 Irish Management Institute 750.00 7 Public Affairs Irela...

205. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Finance the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46754/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In response to the Deputy’s question My Department spent €13,924 on newspapers and magazines in the 12 month period December 2014 to November 2015. The publications purchased in the period are listed in the following table:
 Publications Purchased Irish Times Saturdays Irish Times Irish Independent Sat Irish Independent Irish Examiner Sat Irish Examiner Financial Times Sat Financial Times Star Sun Mirror Da...

259. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46750/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the table below outlines the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies in my Department for 2015.  
 Description Number of subscriptions Annual cost Association of Chartered Certified Accountants 5 €1,002.39 Chartered Accountants Ireland 1 €565.00 Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors 2 €1,602.61 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 3 €1,022.53...

260. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46751/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the cost to my Department of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines during 2015 was €22,379.  The publications received were: The Irish Times; Irish Independent; Financial Times; Irish Examiner; The Guardian; The Farmers Journal; Business and Finance.
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262. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups in the Office of Public Works including the cost and details. (Question 46765/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The total paid by the Office of Public Works in respect of subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups in 2015 was €111,820.51. Details of payments made in 2015 are on the table below.
TABLE OF MEMBERSHIP BODIES/GROUPS TO WHICH SUBSCRIPTIONS WERE MADE DURING 2015
 EXTERNAL MEMBERSHIP BODY/GROUP TOTAL PAID € ACCA 278.58 ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS OF IRELAND 160.00 ALL KE...

263. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines in the Office of Public Works including the cost and details. (Question 46766/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works currently subscribes to 110 serial publications. The cost of these in 2015 was €47,868.
The relevant titles are listed as follows:
 Relevant Titles Irish Times Irish Independent Examiner Sunday Times Sunday Independent Sunday Business Post Daily Mail Meath ChronicleDrogheda Independent Farmers Journal Financial Times Herald Wicklow PeoplePhoenix A...

264. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual cost in the Office of Public Works of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, and social media. (Question 46767/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): Expenditure incurred on the OPW Vote in 2015 in relation to advertising was €360,935.98. A further €45,077.29 was incurred on advertisements where the costs were borne elsewhere.
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289. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46762/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The following table sets out the costs of Ireland’s membership subscriptions paid to external organisations through the Department’s Vote in 2015. Such organisations cover the areas of trade, research and innovation, intellectual property, competitiveness and employment rights.
 Organisation Description 2015 cost World Trade Organisation Payment of Ireland’s annual membership of the WTO. €2,018,914 OECD Ireland...

290. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46763/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The total expenditure on subscriptions to newspapers and magazines by my Department and it Offices in 2015 was €27,823. The following table provides a breakdown of costs and details as requested. Total Expenditure Incurred by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on Subscriptions to Newspapers and Magazines in 2015
 Title of Newspapers/Magazines Number of Subscriptions (hard copy edition) Number of Subsc...

335. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46741/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department provides funding for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Food Aid Convention (FAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) through annual subscriptions and additional contributions as part of our commitments under Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Annual contributions are also paid to a number of external international organisations, and membership/registration fees are paid to profes...

336. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46742/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Due to the volume of the information requested by the Deputy, it was not possible to provide it in the required time. I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as it is available. 
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440. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46735/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The number of subscriptions paid by my Department in 2015 to external membership bodies and groups, including the cost and details, is set out in the tables following.
Payments made in respect of Corporate Membership
 Corporate Membership External Membership Body/Group Cost € Corporate Membership Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) 7,000.00 Corporate Membership Critical Incident Stress Management Network Ireland...

441. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46736/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines in my Department including the cost and details is set out in the table following. 
 Magazine Cost Company Received by Industrial Relations News €436.00 p.a., inclusive of VAT €436.00 IRN Publishing Dept of Defence , Newbridge, Co Kildare Health & Safety Review €337.90 p.a., inclusive of VAT €436 IRN Publishing ...

481. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups her Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46726/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 481 and 482 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that it has not been possible to provide the information sought in the time available for reply.
I will arrange for the requested information to be forwarded to the Deputy in the near future.
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482. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines her Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46727/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 481 and 482 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that it has not been possible to provide the information sought in the time available for reply.
I will arrange for the requested information to be forwarded to the Deputy in the near future.
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525. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46738/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly)(Deputy James Reilly): Table:

 Membership Fees 2015 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) €446.03 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) €347.9 Law Society of Ireland €85 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) €290.22 Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development Ltd (ACJRD) €155 Health & Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) €100 Institute of I...

526. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46739/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): Newspapers and Magazines are not directly subscribed to by my Department, they are purchased from a distribution company.
The current order as below, is Monday to Friday (no weekend or public/bank holiday papers) so quantity purchased can vary each month. 
 Publication No. Purchased Irish Times 2 per day Irish Independent 2 per day The Examiner 2 per day The Star 2 per day The Sun 2 per day Daily Mirror 2 per day ...

591. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department or the Health Service Executive has, including the cost and details. (Question 46756/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In 2015, the Department paid €12,458 in respect of subscription fees to external membership bodies on behalf of 29 members of staff. The memberships were relevant to the work duties of the staff concerned.
I have requested the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in respect of such HSE expenditure. If you do not receive a reply within 15 working days please contact my private office who will follow up the matter.
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