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460. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide in tabular form the total photography costs for her Department per annum in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; the costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; a list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; a breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1441/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Photography costs were incurred by my Department in the relevant years, as follows:

2011 €1,841.93
2012 €1,446.70
2013 €2,089.39
2014 €966.78

I can inform the Deputy that photographic services are only used by my Department to mark and provide a record of significant occasions. Consideration is given at all times to the costs involved and best value for money is always a priority when sourcing such services.
The list of occasions when photographers were engaged and the associated costs are as follows;
Occasion Year Photographer Cost
Opening of Monaghan Court House 2011 Adrian Donohoe €302.50
Appointment of Garda Commissioner 2011 Maxwell Photography €431.67
Appointment of Deputy Garda Commissioner 2011 Maxwell Photography €500.34
Launch of Visa Waiver Scheme 2011 Maxwell Photography €607.42
Joint Statement with UK Immigration Minister, on Visa Data Exchange 2012 Maxwell Photography €92.25
Joint Statement with UK Immigration Minister, on Visa Data Exchange 2012 Maxwell Photography €526.35
Launch of conference "Regulatory Reform for Legal Profession in 21st Century". 2012 Maxwell Photography €276.75
Deployment of Civilian Immigration Officers to Dublin Airport 2012 Maxwell Photography €551.35
Meeting with Romanian Minister for Internal Affairs 2013 MAC INNES Photography €344.51
Justice Home Affairs Committee - event 2013 MAC INNES Photography €50.18
EU Presidency 2013 MAC INNES Photography €200.40
EU Presidency 2013 MAC INNES Photography €387.93
Bi-lateral meeting of EU & US delegates 2013 MAC INNES Photography €1,106.37
National Missing Persons Day 2014 Maxwell Photography €413.28
Appointment of Chief Executive Designate to Charities Regulatory Authority 2014 Maxwell Photography €123
First Board Meeting of the Charities Regulatory Authority 2014 Maxwell Photography €275.52
Promote safety on Fireworks Night 2014 Maxwell Photography €154.98

The Deputy may wish to note that questions concerning Ministerial allowances are solely a matter for the Oireachtas.