241. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the costs incurred by his Department in respect of advertising in all forms to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21125/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department engages in public information campaigns, where appropriate, in order to draw attention to important issues in the Justice and Equality sector.
An itemised breakdown of advertising expenditure to date for 2019 is set in the following table.

Month Cost (€) Division Description
January €5,944.17 Reception and Integration Agency Advertisements in national newspapers for temporary accommodation for international protection applicants.
February €4,234.85 Cosc - the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Public notice in Irish newspapers seeking views of the general public on the implementation of Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
May €676.50 Human Resources Advertising costs for Senior Regulatory Lawyer recruitment competition
The Deputy may also be aware of the National Awareness Campaign on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence which I launched last week. My Department have not incurred any costs to date in respect of advertising in relation to this campaign. Although the TV advertising element of the campaign commenced recently, the Department will be invoiced for this activity at a later date.
While the Department has not yet incurred costs for advertising for this campaign, I would like to advise the Deputy that we have, to date, incurred €230,986.62 in costs in relation to the development of the campaign.