Outrageous expenses for Taoiseach’s Department include €25,383 on Tea and Water – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach and his Department to explain how it can justify spending almost €97 thousand on newspapers and Tea/Coffee and Water in just one year, 2017. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he sought a detailed breakdown of the expenses incurred by the Taoiseach’s department:

“The money that is being spent in some categories is absolutely staggering. They include €112,714.50 for Entertainment, €78,362 for Advertising and Photography and €257,006 for Foreign Air Travel Tickets.

If you dig a little deeper you find that Taoiseach Varadkar’s Department also spent almost €123,000 on Hotels during 2017.

What is deeply galling is that he admits in his reply to me that there was no expenditure incurred by his Department on value for money and policy reviews in 2017.

I think most people will disgusted by the scale of the spending that is going on for some of these categories of expenditure.

I also feel it will merely confirm many people of the view that the Taoiseach and indeed many of those around him are elitist and completely out of touch with the real world and the struggles they face trying their won expenses,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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For Written Answer on : 09/05/2018
Question Number(s)*72 *73 & *74 Question Reference(s): 20261/18 Written, 20262/18 Written, 20263/18 Written
Department: Taoiseach
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QUESTION

QUESTION NO:  *72
To ask the Taoiseach the breakdown of the training and development and incidental expenses incurred by his Department in the year ending 31 December 2017;.
– Mattie McGrath.

QUESTION NO:  *73
To ask the Taoiseach the breakdown of the travel and subsistence expenses incurred by his Department in the year ending 31 December 2017;.
– Mattie McGrath.

QUESTION NO:  *74
To ask the Taoiseach the breakdown of the consultancy services and value for money and policy review expenses incurred by his Department in the year ending 31 December 2017.
– Mattie McGrath.

REPLY

A breakdown of expenditure by my Department in 2017 in the categories of training and development and incidental expenses and travel and subsistence is set out in the tables below.  There was no expenditure incurred by my Department on consultancy services and value for money and policy reviews in 2017.

It should be noted that the figures provided for 2017 are based on provisional outturn and may be subject to revision, as part of the finalisation of my Department’s 2017 Appropriation Account.

Training and Development and Incidental Expenses

Training and Development                              
 – Courses, conferences and seminars for Staff
€54,017.97
 – Educational Assistance (refund of academic fees)
€55,018.40
Training & Development total
€109,036.37
 
 
Official and State Entertainment
 – Official Entertainment                            
€105,295.63
 – State Entertainment                                  
€475.00
 – Official Gifts                                        
€6,943.87
Entertainment total
€112,714.50
 
 
Library & Information Services                                      
 – Subscriptions to Journals/ Magazines/ CD Roms  
€14,867.50
 – Books/ Maps                                    
€4,741.70
 – Purchase of Government Publications    
€124.20
 – On Line Databases                              
€9,629.36
 – News Services/Media                          
€1,658.83
 – Research Materials and Costs                  
€24,323.60
 – Newspapers                                    
€71,492.95
 – TV & Licenses                                  
€2,444.98
 – Transcription            
€1,733.38
Library & Information Services Total  
€131,016.50
 
 
Advertising, Photography, etc.                                
 – Advertising                                    
€35,528.55
 – Conferences and Seminars                      
€2,164.60
 – Photography                                    
€10,968.96
 – Website                                        
€17,576.70
 – Advertising in Publications                    
€5,086.90
 – Iris Oifigiul – Publication of Notices      
€7,037.00
Advertising, Photography, etc. Total
€78,362.71
 
 
Translations                                          
 – Translations – Irish Language                  
€10,375.65
 – Translations – Other                          
€211.50
Translations Total
€10,587.15
 
 
Administrative Expenses                                    
 – Doctors Fees, Medicine and First Aid Supplies  
€2,355.48
 – Professional Subscriptions                    
€381.18
 – Off-site Storage                              
€6,032.95
 – Couriers                                      
€1,047.38
 – Flowers                                        
€297.50
 – Refreshments (Tea/ Coffee/ Water)          
€25,383.77
 – Miscellaneous Expenses                        
€31,996.19
 – Health and Safety Supplies                    
€2,729.02
 – Administrative/Cleaning services support
€25,604.71
Administrative Expenses Total
€95,828.18
 
 
Bank Charges & Fees                                  
 – Bank Charges                                  
€220.00
Bank Charges & Fees Total
€220.00
 
 
Legal and Advisory                                    
 – Legal Fees                                    
€9,727.05
Legal & Advisory Total
€9,727.05
 
 
Clothing and Uniforms                                
 – Staff Uniforms                                
€7,038.39
 – Footwear Allowance                            
€190.00
Clothing & Uniforms Total
€7,228.39
     
 
Total expenditure in 2017 on Training and Development and Incidental Expenses
€554,720.85

 

Travel and Subsistence

Home Travel                                          
 – Subsistence                            
€35,342.08
 – Hotel Costs                            
€7,376.59
 – Taxi                                    
€22,483.48
 – Mileage                                
€40,819.06
 – Other travel expenses – misc.              
€6,166.31
Home Travel total
€112,187.52
 
 
Foreign Travel                                        
 – Subsistence                          
€36,041.82
 – Hotel Costs                          
€115,830.52
 – Air Tickets                          
€257,006.05
 – Taxi                                
€5,376.10
 – Mileage                              
€5,990.84
 – Ground Transport                            
€56,050.89
 – Other travel expenses – misc.  
€29,937.34
Foreign Travel total
€506,233.56
Total expenditure in 2017 on Travel and Subsistence                          
€618,421.08

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