269. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount paid to a company (details supplied) from 1 January 2014 to 25 September 2018 for public relations advice, briefing notes and speech writing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39627/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has not incurred any costs in relation to the provision of briefing notes or speech-writing from the company mentioned since January 2014. The following table details spend incurred in respect of communications advice with the company mentioned since 2014.
|Jul-17||€2,691||Communications Strategy Development for the Irish Refugee Protection Programme|
|Oct-17||€24,221||Communications Strategy Development for the Irish Refugee Protection Programme|
A further €1,718 was paid to that company in respect of training courses for Departmental staff over the period in question, while the company was also paid €1,374 in respect of consultancy and facilitation services for a meeting with the deaf community in February 2015.
In relation to the services referred to in the details supplied by the Deputy, I understand those costs were met through the Oireachtas Special Secretarial Allowance.