287. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the ratio of his Department’s expenditure to the Air Corps, Army and Naval Service respectively in each of the years 2011 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 45238/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Vote 36 (Defence) is managed through a single programme with all operational outputs delivered from a single set of forces encompassing the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. Pay and allowances and other support costs are not identified separately, but are included in the overall programme costs of the Vote. As a result, expenditure across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service is not classified separately. 
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89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the details of payments made by his Department or a public body under the aegis of his Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months. (Question 21393/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: I can confirm that no payments have been made by my Department to Kieran Mulvey over the past 36 months to date.
Sanction was obtained from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for work to be carried out during 2016 by Mr Mulvey on the independent report on the North East Inner City based on standard approved rates for the sum of €11,800, but this amount has not been drawn down.
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148. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance the details of payments made by his Department or a public body under the aegis of his Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21389/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In response to the Deputy’s question, I have been advised that there have been no payments made by my Department or by any of the 18 bodies under the aegis of my Department to Mr. Kieran Mulvey in the past 36 months and to date in 2017.
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174. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of payments made by his Department or a public body under the aegis of his Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21388/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has not made any payments to this individual within the timeframe indicated in the Question. 
The information sought by the Deputy in regard to the state bodies under the aegis of my Department is not routinely collated by my Department. 
Officials are making enquiries with the state bodies under the remit of my Department and will supply the information sought by the Deputy as soon as possible. 
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205. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection the details of payments made by his Department, or a public body under the aegis of his Department, to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21392/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): There have been no payments made by my Department, or by any public body under the aegis of my Department, to the person during the period in question.
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211. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of payments made by his Department, or a public body under the aegis of his Department, to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 20895/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, neither my Department nor the bodies under its aegis have made any payments to the person in question in the past 36 months or to date in 2017.
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298. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of payments made by his Department or a public body under the aegis of his Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21386/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department has not made any payments to the person referred to in the Question during the period concerned. 
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600. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection the cost to his Department of the recently launched welfare fraud campaign, including all costs for public advertising related to the campaign. (Question 20472/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 555, 556, 570 and 600 together.
The Department administers over 70 separate schemes and services, which affect the lives of almost every person in the State. In 2016, some 1.7 million applications for benefit, assistance and access to schemes were received and processed and over 82 million individual payments were made to people across all age groups and to employers. The scale of its operations and expendit...

86. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15423/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department had no spend on the Public Sector Times Magazine in 2015.
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87. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15439/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department spent €72,827.21 on print newspapers (including daily, Sunday and weekly papers) in 2015. This compares to a spend of €109,330.76 in 2008 when my Department undertook a review of its expenditure on print media. On foot of this review, my Department rationalised its subscriptions and availed of a number of online subscriptions which resulted in expenditure savings. 
My Department liaises closely with the Office of Government Procurement on all matters related to pub...

105. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of money her Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15420/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department did not incur any expenditure in relation to the purchasing of the Public Sector Times in 2015.
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106. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15436/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department incurred expenditure totalling €14,411.85 on daily newspapers in 2015. In addition the Irish Prison Service (IPS) incurred expenditure totalling €37,798 in 2015 for newspapers and other publications. The IPS amount covers all publications including newspapers and it is not possible to provide a breakdown for daily newspapers only.
At present this expenditure is considered appropriate. It is not always po...

156. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15416/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): My Department makes no payment in respect of copies of Public Sector Times Magazine supplied to my Department.
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157. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15432/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): My Department spent €13,917 on daily and weekend newspapers in 2015. It has online subscriptions to the Irish Times and the Financial Times which are provided for use by staff. A mixed model involving the purchase of physical copies and online subscription to specific newspapers is considered to be an appropriate use of resources.
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186. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15414/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department did not spend any money purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015.
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187. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15430/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information in respect of payments made from by my Department’s administrative expenditure for the purchase of newspapers or magazines has been extracted from the Department’s Financial Management System (FMS). The Deputy should note that it is not possible to identify the costs of daily newspapers separately. Total expenditure in 2015 was € 8,959.58. A list of the publications purchased has been attached for the Deputy’s informatio...

233. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15415/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney)(Deputy Simon Coveney): The Public Sector Magazine is a quarterly publication which is distributed free to my Department. Therefore, no expenditure is incurred in this regard.
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234. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper on-line alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15431/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department avails of an electronic press cuttings service which serves for most of its printed media monitoring needs. In terms of hard-copy printed newspapers, the cost of purchase for my Department, including Met Éireann, in 2015 totalled approximately €9,830. In general, the Department relies on online versions of the daily newspapers but not all newspapers have an online presence. In addition , it shou...

290. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15422/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): My Department incurred no cost in 2015 for the Public Sector Times Magazine.
The Public Services Time Magazine is free of charge to all public sector bodies.
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291. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15438/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The expenditure on newspapers purchased by the Department in 2015 amounted to €8,335.33.
The Department monitors such expenditure closely at all times and keeps these costs to a minimum.
Some newspapers are not available or fully available online without subscription.
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340. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15417/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department did not spend any funds on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times Magazine in 2015.
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341. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper on-line alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15433/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department spent €22,450 on daily newspapers up to the end of September 2015. This is a reduction from €73,731 in 2011. This reduction was achieved by a move to a greater use of online newspapers and magazines for Headquarters and Missions abroad.
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363. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15421/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question the Public Sector Times Magazine is freely distributed to all departments so no costs were incurred.
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364. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15437/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question my Department spent €22,379 on daily and weekend newspapers in 2015.  There are online subscriptions to the Irish Times and the Financial Times.
With over 1,100 staff members in my Department a combination of physical copies and online subscriptions is currently considered appropriate and every effort is made to minimise costs where possible.
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383. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of money her Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15410/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 383 and 384 together. 
I am advised by my Department that no payments in 2015 were made in respect of copies of the Public Sector Times Magazine. Expenditure in respect of daily newspapers was €8,269 in 2015. Digital subscriptions are also used where appropriate and expenditure on these in 2015 came to €448. Savings are being explored by my Department on an ongoing basis with a view to r...