23. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent by Department and public body and the total cost of public relations services in the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53431/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, my Department was established in 2011. Therefore, this reply covers the period since then. 
The following tables reflect the amount spent by the Department and the bodies under its aegis on public relations services in the period in question:
 Name of Service Provider Amount Spent € Purpose Body Mindshare Media Ireland Ltd.(2017) €145,441.83 Communications Campaign – Promoting awareness...

190. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Education and Skills 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 54242/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The engagement of external expertise is considered where the matters involved require expert skills or capabilities that are not readily available within my Department. Such engagement is procured in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Finance “Guidelines for the Engagement of Consultants and other External Support by the Civil Service”. 
The information sought by the Deputy in respect of the period from 2014 to 2016 is s...

241. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of spending by his Department on external public relations in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54009/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): It has not been possible to answer this question in the time available. I will write to the Deputy directly in relation to this matter in due course.
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682. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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 54250/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Department of Rural and Community Development was established on 19 July 2017. Any information relating to the functions transferred to this Department, for the requested period, will be reported by the relevant previous parent Departments in their responses. My Department has not used these services since its establishment. There is no specific internal departmental policy with regard to employing such external public re...

741. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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 54247/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department has not engaged any external public relations firms since March 2011.
The engagement of external expertise is generally only considered where the issues involved require expert skills or capabilities that are not readily available within my Department.  
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759. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide a breakdown of expenditure by her Department on external public relations in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54122/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 759 and 766 together.
The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the period from the establishment of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on  2nd June 2011, is set out in the table.
Value for money is a critical consideration in assessing whether external firms should be engaged to provide public relations services or any other services. 
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766. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the use of external public relations firms employed by her 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 she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54240/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 759 and 766 together.
The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the period from the establishment of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on  2nd June 2011, is set out in the table.
Value for money is a critical consideration in assessing whether external firms should be engaged to provide public relations services or any other services. 
 Year 201...

781. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence 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 54241/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department has not incurred any expenditure on external public relations firms since March 2011. 
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505. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the public relations companies or agencies the services of which his Department used for information campaigns since 1 January 2017; and the costs incurred to date in 2017. (Question 46081/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The details of companies or agencies contracted for public information campaigns since 1 January 2017 and the costs incurred to date in 2017 are set out in the table below.  This includes the cost of public information notices in various media outlets for specific information campaigns on behalf of my Department. 
  PR Companies/Agencies  Campaign Services Provided  Cost €  TBWA Dublin “What would you do?” Awareness Campai...

1317. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the public relations companies or agencies the services of which his Department used for information campaigns since 1 January 2017; and the costs incurred to date in 2017. (Question 46080/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department has not engaged any external public relations firms since January 2017.
The engagement of external expertise is generally only considered where the issues involved require expert skills or capabilities that are not readily available within my Department.
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409. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if a public relations company is involved in the new HPV awareness campaign; if so, the cost of this contract; the duration of the contract; if there was a tender process; the number of companies that applied for the contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39314/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. 
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649. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount her Department has spent on public relations to date in 2017. (Question 39144/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department has spent €10,617.10 on public relations to date in 2017.
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86. Deputy John Brady asked the Taoiseach the amount his Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016. (Question 11436/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: There was no expenditure on public relations consultants in 2016 by my Department.
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107. Deputy John Brady asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount her Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11433/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department did not incur any costs in relation to the provision of public relations services in 2016. It is my Department’s policy to use in-house resources as much as possible and to restrict the use of external groups to a minimum. 
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152. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Finance the amount his Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11429/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I take it that the Deputy is referring solely to external public relations and not to advertising that would be incurred by my Department in the normal course of business, such as entries into telephone directories, the placing of advertisements in national newspapers, recruitment advertising, etc.
The use of external Public Relations consultants in respect of my Department in 2016 is outlined in the following table: 
 Details of service provi...

305. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount his Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11435/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): There has been no expenditure by my department on public relations consultants in 2016.
Concerning matters relating to public relations costs, expenditure of €395 was incurred on an Effective Press Release Writing course delivered by the Public Relations Institute of Ireland in September 2016.
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518. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health the amount his Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11431/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Please see the following table which has the information in respect of Public Relations expenditure by my Department in 2016. 
 Year Amount € Companies 2016 €50,572 RPS Consulting Engineers Ltd (1)DHR Communications (2) 

(1) contract for public consultation process to inform the Development of the National Drugs Strategy. This has been included here because it has a public relations dimension as it involves a range of public activiti...

748. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount his Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11425/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Departmental 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 requirement to disseminate information and to address specific is...

824. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount her Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11424/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department had no spending on public relations consultants or on any matters relating to public relations in 2016. 
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844. Deputy John Brady asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount his Department spent on public relations consultants and all matters relating to public relations costs in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11426/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department did not incur any expenditure on public relations in 2016.
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359. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount that has been spent on public relations and advertising for Rebuilding Ireland, including the amount spent on signage and website development. (Question 9793/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): A key part of the successful implementation of the Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness programme is ensuring that all stakeholders and the wider public are fully aware of the commitments, understand the range of initiatives and actions being rolled out and can access relevant and up-to-date information on progress. In this context, the overall cost to date of the consultation, communi...

134. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance to outline the amount paid by the National Treasury Management Agency and the National Asset Management Agency for public relations in 2016; the amount paid to each firm; the rates that apply; when the main public relations contracts for the two agencies are up for renewal; his views on whether the contract provides value-for-money for the two agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8175/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am informed by the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) that its communications team is supported by an external service provider, Gordon MRM. This service, which includes out-of-hours contacts for the media, provides support across all of the NTMA’s business areas:
- Funding and Debt Management;
- Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF);
- National Development Finance Agency (NDFA);
- State Claims Agency (SCA); and
- NewERA.
It also provide...

74. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Finance the level of expenditure by his Department or any organisations under the aegis of his Department for each of the years from 2005 to 2016, in tabular form, on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, interview training and preparation, including details of the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related, and the company or individual to whom such payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6538/17 asked on 09 Feb 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In response to the Deputy, I am advised that due to the significant volume of information sought, having regard to the time period in question and also the applicability to the eighteen bodies under the aegis of this Department, it is not possible within the time allowed to provide all the information sought. 
The table, however, sets out in tabular form the level of expenditure by this Department for each of the years, in as much as it is available...

201. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the level of expenditure by his Department or any organisations under the aegis of his Department for each of the years from 2005 to 2016, in tabular form, on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, interview training and preparation, including details of the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related, and the company or individual to whom such payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6540/17 asked on 09 Feb 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Department does not collect data in a manner to allow the Deputy’s question to be answered in full. As much information as it’s possible to provide is included here. Please see tables below in respect of photography expenditure (table 1) from 2011 - 2016, advertising expenditure (table 2) 2006 - 2015 and PR expenditure (table 3). Details of to whom payments were made or the campaign to which the expenditure related are provided where that informa...

281. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the amount spent by the Health Service Executive on public relations services in each calendar year from 2011 to 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3799/16 asked on 28 Jan 2016 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I have referred this matter to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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