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)

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 and benefits of the Public Services Card/MyGovID Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (DPER)
Inventive Marketing Ltd T/A KICK Communications (2017) €59,998.17 Communications Campaign – Promoting awareness and benefits of the Public Services Card/MyGovID Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (DPER)
Name of Service Provider Amount Spent € Purpose Body
Q4PR (2011-2017) €26,900.94 Promotion of National Conference, conferences, seminars, Administration Yearbook and Diary IPA
Name of Service Provider Amount Spent € Purpose Body
Murrays Consultants (2015 – 2016) €26,973.61 Registration of Lobbying Office of the Ombudsman
Chemistry (2015) €2,460.00 Registration of Lobbying Office of the Ombudsman
Name of Service Provider Amount Spent Purpose Body
Wilson Hartnell Public Relations (2012 – 2014) €21,290.00 To assist in marketing and public relations related functions Public Appointments Service
Q4 Public Relations(2017) €47,970 To assist in marketing and public relations functions Public Appointments Service
Name of Service Provider Amount Spent Purpose Body
Bowe Communications(2017) €14,145.00 PR work relating to Castletown House and Demesne Office of Public Works
Q4PR Consultants(2017) €2,798.25 National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Office of Public Works
Q4PR Consultants(2014 – 2015) €35,054.88 National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Office of Public Works
Presence Communications(2014 – 2016) €21,054.16 PR work relating to Castletown House and Demesne, Casino Marino and Dublin Castle Office of Public Works

Information in relation to other Government Departments and bodies under their aegis should be the subject of separate Parliamentary Questions to the relevant Ministers.