35. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the €788 million below profile announced in the fiscal monitor will be returned to the central fund or if the funds will be kept in each Department in the event that spending projections across Departments are not met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53463/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As set out in the Fiscal Monitor for November, published by the Department of Finance, net voted expenditure was €788 million or 1.9% below profile. However, this aggregate underspend versus profile has been impacted by almost €0.4 billion by certain timing issues in relation to the Local Government Fund.
Current expenditure in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is over €260 million below profile. This i...

57. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54229/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Question Nos. 57 and 58 together.
Photography
My Department only avails of the services of external photographic agencies where it is warranted, in particular for major events and State occasions. This is a service which my Department provides so that the media can easily and freely avail of photography where their own staff photographers cannot be fully accommodated. Events such as the visit of Princ...

58. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the use of external public relations firms employed by his department in each year since March 2011; the list of uses of the external public relations firm; the internal department policy with regard to employing external groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54245/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Question Nos. 57 and 58 together.
Photography
My Department only avails of the services of external photographic agencies where it is warranted, in particular for major events and State occasions. This is a service which my Department provides so that the media can easily and freely avail of photography where their own staff photographers cannot be fully accommodated. Events such as the visit of Princ...

60. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the level of expenditure by his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on advertising of government information campaigns published specifically in national and regional newspapers in addition to all online advertising for all such government information campaigns; the name of each such information campaign to which this expenditure related; the cost of each in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54277/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 60 and 61 together.
Photography - 2017
My Department only avails of the services of external photographic agencies where it is warranted, in particular for major events and State occasions. This is a service which my Department provides so that the media can easily and freely avail of photography where their own staff photographers cannot be fully accommodated. Events such as the visit ...

61. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54293/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 60 and 61 together.
Photography - 2017
My Department only avails of the services of external photographic agencies where it is warranted, in particular for major events and State occasions. This is a service which my Department provides so that the media can easily and freely avail of photography where their own staff photographers cannot be fully accommodated. Events such as the visit ...

139. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Finance the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54228/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The costs incurred by my Department on photography are set out in the table.
There is no specific policy regarding the booking of photographers but the ordinary rules per the public financial procedures apply to such expenditure. 
 Year Supplier Details Amount € 2017 Event Portraits Ltd Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) Award Photos and Licences following Department’s receipt of Best Learning and Development Organisatio...

143. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Finance the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54292/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Level of Expenditure of the Department of Finance or under the aegis of that department 1 January 2017 to date in 2017
 Year Supplier Details Amount € Photography Event Portraits Ltd IITD Awards and Licence 701.39 Advertising Independent Newspapers Marketing Ltd Information notice re: Beneficial Ownership 1,110.69 Advertising Irish Examiner Information notice re: Beneficial Ownership 375.15 Advertising Irish Times Ltd Inform...

164. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54233/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.  The engagement of service providers by my Department is done in line with procurement policy and within the parameters of value for money, with every effort made to minimise costs.
 Year Service Provider Event/Occasion Cost 2012 Fennell Photography Irish Presidency European Union Public Administration Network meeting €105 2012 Fennell Photography E...

168. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54297/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question the expenditure levels in my Department and the organisations under the aegis of the department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation are listed in the following tables:
Departments Expenditure
 Company Name                Purpose Cost Campaign/Policy/...

189. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Education and Skills the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54226/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The table contains details of expenditure by my Department in relation to photography as requested by the Deputy.
Cost Breakdown
 Year Event Photographer Net VAT Gross 25/08/2017 Minister Bruton Portraits Maxwell Photography  € 182.00  €  41.86  €223.86 28/08/2017 Minister Mitchell O’Connor Portraits Maxwell Photography  € 154.00  €  35.42  €189.42 15/09/2017 Minister Halligan Portraits Maxwell Photography  € 1...

193. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54290/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Details in relation to expenditure on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development and media interview training and preparation in 2017 in my Department is not collated until early 2018. I will arrange to have the information forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it has been compiled.
The information requested by the Deputy in respect of agencies is not held centrally by the Department. If the Deput...

268. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54232/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to refer the Deputy to the previous Parliamentary Question No. 84 of 13 December 2016 (39474/16), which provides details of photography costs incurred by my Department from 2011 – 2016. 
Details of photography costs for my Department in 2017 are as follows:
 Occasion Year Photographer Cost Video of the launch of the new National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 Hurrah Hurrah Limited €20,295 

I can infor...

310. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the photography costs for her Department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54221/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Details of the photography costs incurred by my Department and its Offices since March, 2011 are available at the website below.
No expenditure for photography was incurred from Ministerial allowances. 
My Department uses external service providers having regard to its business needs for such services. In engaging such providers, the Department is mindful of the need to secure value for money and, accordingly, strives t...

314. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the level of expenditure by her Department or organisations under the aegis of her Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54285/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The providers of the services procured by my Department and its Offices over the period 1 January to date in 2017 as requested by the Deputy are set out in the table. My Department uses external service providers having regard to its business needs for such services. In engaging such providers, the Department is mindful of the need to secure value for money and, accordingly, strives to keep costs to the minimum. T...

515. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the photography costs for his department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54230/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): No photography costs are met from my Ministerial Allowance. Details as requested are presented for 2011 - 2016. I will forward details for departmental photography expenditure for 2017 as soon as they are collated.
 Year Event Photographer €Cost ex vat 2016 National Patient Safety Conference Conor McCabe Photography Ltd 1,968 2016 Launch of the Healthy Cities andCounties Network of Ireland Marc O’Sullivan Photography 707 2016 Launch o...

518. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the level of expenditure by his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on advertising of Government information campaigns published specifically in national and regional newspapers in addition to all online advertising for all such government information campaigns; the name for each such information campaign to which this expenditure related; the cost of each, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54278/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 518 and 519 together.
The full information requested by the Deputy is not immediately available, I will collate this information and provide a comprehensive response to the Deputy in due course.
Details in relation to newspaper advertising expenditure on public consultations held during 2017 are presented as follows:
 Date Campaign Company Cost (ex VAT) October 2017 Public Consultation Task Force on Perso...

519. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54294/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 518 and 519 together.
The full information requested by the Deputy is not immediately available, I will collate this information and provide a comprehensive response to the Deputy in due course.
Details in relation to newspaper advertising expenditure on public consultations held during 2017 are presented as follows:
 Date Campaign Company Cost (ex VAT) October 2017 Public Consultation Task Force on Perso...

546. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the Exchequer funding given to the world food programme over the period 2010 to 2017; and the amount allocated in 2018. (Question 53647/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department leads on Ireland’s engagement with the UN’s World Food Programme. The WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and is funded exclusively from voluntary contributions.  It is responsible for the delivery of food assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world and feeds 80 million of the most malnourished people in 80 countries.
In February 2016, Ireland signed its second ...

581. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54220/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested by the Deputy with regard to photography is available on my Department’s website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/aboutus/ministers/photographycosts. This information is regularly updated by my Department. Wherever possible, the Department avails of internal photography skills.
 ...

585. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54284/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested by the Deputy with regard to photography is available on my Department’s website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/aboutus/ministers/photographycosts.
This information is regularly updated by my Department. Wherever possible, the Department avails of internal photography skills. 
My Department generally does not employ external public relations firms. Public relations advice is provided by my Department’s Pr...

601. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the photography costs per annum for his Department since coming to office, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance, in tabular form; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54090/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 601 and 604 together. 
The policy of selection and contracting of photography services for my Department is carried out as part of competitive procurement processes in line with Office of Government Procurement guidelines. Where possible, every effort is made to minimise costs
The following table sets out the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment photograp...

604. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department. (Question 54223/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 601 and 604 together. 
The policy of selection and contracting of photography services for my Department is carried out as part of competitive procurement processes in line with Office of Government Procurement guidelines. Where possible, every effort is made to minimise costs
The following table sets out the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment photograp...

607. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of expenditure by his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on advertising of Government information campaigns published specifically in national and regional newspapers in addition to all online advertising for all such Government information campaigns; the name for each such information campaign to which this expenditure related; the cost of each, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54271/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 607 and 608 together. 
My Department’s remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as energy and public broadcasting, and regulation of sectors such as mining and hydrocarbon exploration. Given the technical complexity, economic significance and community interest in these areas, there is a requireme...

608. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54287/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 607 and 608 together. 
My Department’s remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as energy and public broadcasting, and regulation of sectors such as mining and hydrocarbon exploration. Given the technical complexity, economic significance and community interest in these areas, there is a requireme...

633. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the total photography costs per annum for his Department since coming to office, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance, in tabular form; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54099/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 633 and 638 together.
Details of photography costs paid from the Department’s voted funds are published on the Department’s website: http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/photography-costs.
These costs are updated and published on a 6 monthly basis, and details for July to December 2017 will therefore be published very shortly. 
It is the policy of the Department that photography costs are kept to a m...