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246. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent by his Department on photography by photographer and or agency, public relations or communications advice external to the media officers of his Department, by agency; the use of public relations or communications advice by an agency fully funded by his Department by agency and month, in tabular form since 1 January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6752/18]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Press and Communications Office of my Department procured photography and design software in November 2016. Since this date, that Office has provided photography and design services throughout the Department both at events and in the production of multi-media content. This has greatly reduced the need for my Department to engage the services of external photographers.
The following is the amount spent by my Department on photography and public relations/communications advice from external photographers and agencies since 1 January 2016:

Year Company Service provided Amount Spent
2016 Maxwell Photography Photography Services 1,797.24
2016 Finbarr O’Rourke Photography Photography - 'Someone Like Me' Primary Schools Art Competition 676.50
2016 The Communications Clinic Ltd. Preparation and delivery of communications strategy to support the implementation of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. 24,221.24
2017 Real Nation Administration and running of the 'Someone Like Me' Primary Schools Art Competition. 30,203
2017 The Communications Clinic Ltd. Preparation and delivery of communications strategy to support the implementation of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. 2691.24

The following table sets out the information sought in relation to agencies of my Department, by agency and month, since 1 January 2016. The following agencies have reported no expenditure on public relations or communications advice: Office of Inspector of Prisons, Office of State Pathologist, Criminal Assets Bureau, Irish Film Classification Office, the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, Probation Service, Property Services Regulatory Authority, Private Security Authority, Policing Authority, Legal Services Regulatory Authority. I have asked agencies who were not in a position to provide the information requested in the time available to communicate it to you directly.
Agency Month/Year Company Amount Spent
GSOC September 2017 Claire Grady 9,720
GSOC October 2017 Claire Grady 3,220
GSOC November 2017 Claire Grady 5,200
GSOC December 2017 Claire Grady 7,460
GSOC January 2018 Claire Grady 5,480
Data Protection Commission February 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 6,841.88
Data Protection Commission March 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 2,767.50
Data Protection Commission April 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 615.00
Data Protection Commission June 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 1,695.94
Data Protection Commission September 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 22,601.25
Data Protection Commission November 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 18,142.50
Data Protection Commission December 2016 Powerscourt Financial Media 572.79
Data Protection Commission January 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 23,810.34
Data Protection Commission March 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 5,997.66
Data Protection Commission April 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 20,974.01
Data Protection Commission May 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 14,886.28
Data Protection Commission June 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 16,635.77
Data Protection Commission August 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 8,917.50
Data Protection Commission September 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 8,331.12
Data Protection Commission October 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 10,531.88
Data Protection Commission December 2017 Powerscourt Financial Media 14,145.00
Data Protection Commission January 2018 Powerscourt Financial Media 9,378.75
Insolvency Service of Ireland January 2016 Hume Brophy 2,472.30
Insolvency Service of Ireland February 2016 Hume Brophy 4,256.60
Insolvency Service of Ireland March 2016 Hume Brophy 2,461.11
Insolvency Service of Ireland April 2016 Hume Brophy 4,428.86
Insolvency Service of Ireland May 2016 Hume Brophy 1,134.68
Insolvency Service of Ireland June 2016 Hume Brophy 553.50
Insolvency Service of Ireland July 2016 Hume Brophy 1,190.03
Insolvency Service of Ireland August 2016 Hume Brophy 1,906.50
Insolvency Service of Ireland September 2016 Hume Brophy 1,230.00
Insolvency Service of Ireland October 2016 Hume Brophy 2,546.10
Insolvency Service of Ireland November 2016 Hume Brophy 1,494.45
Insolvency Service of Ireland January 2017 Hume Brophy 2,721.01
Insolvency Service of Ireland February 2017 Hume Brophy 2,130.98
Insolvency Service of Ireland March 2017 Hume Brophy 1,190.03
Insolvency Service of Ireland April 2017 Hume Brophy 498.15
Insolvency Service of Ireland May 2017 Hume Brophy 387.45
Insolvency Service of Ireland June 2017 Hume Brophy 738.13
Insolvency Service of Ireland August 2017 Hume Brophy 1,230.00
Insolvency Service of Ireland September 2017 Hume Brophy 1,051.65
Insolvency Service of Ireland October 2017 Hume Brophy 1,715.85
Insolvency Service of Ireland November 2017 Hume Brophy 3,514.73
Insolvency Service of Ireland January 2018 Hume Brophy 525.83
The Courts Service January 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service February 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service March 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service April 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service May 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service June 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service July 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service Jan - July 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. (expenses) 616.64
The Courts Service August 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service September 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service October 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service November 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service December 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service Aug - Dec 2016 Curran Communications Ltd. (expenses) 1,607.08
The Courts Service January 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service February 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service March 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service April 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service May 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service June 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service July 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service August 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service September 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service October 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service Jan - Oct 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. (expenses) 1,174.46
The Courts Service November 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service December 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. 8,333.33
The Courts Service Nov - Dec 2017 Curran Communications Ltd. (expenses) 1,517.00

In relation to the Data Protection Commission, the availability of expert communications services to the DPC, such as that provided by Powerscourt Financial Media Ltd, is integral to the effectiveness of the office in dealing, in particular, with the very significant international communications challenges associated with regulating the EU data processing operations of most of the world’s leading technology companies that have located their European operations in Ireland. In addition, in the context of the coming into force on 25 May 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the DPC has launched a broad based communications campaign to raise awareness of the new law. These communications activities are focused on building awareness of the very significant additional obligations the GDPR will place on organisations, as well as the greatly strengthened rights it extends to individuals to have their personal data protected and safeguarded.
The spend in relation to the Insolvency Service of Ireland relates to the 'Back on Track' campaign. The 'Back on Track' campaign promotes the ISI's range of debt solutions at every opportunity in a range of ways including through the backontrack.ie website, targeted advertising campaigns (including TV, video on demand, outdoor, press, radio, and online), information booklets which are distributed nationwide, and presentations and meetings with relevant groups. Research has found that the campaign has greatly increased awareness of the ISI's services. Those who availed of an ISI solution have also spoken of the immense sense of relief once they took the first step to address their debt problems.