469. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide details of all consultancy firms engaged by her Department during 2014; if she will also provide details of all the relevant fees paid to those firms during the period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1671/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below:

Company/Consultancy Firm Purpose Amount Paid - 2014
Rits Bianconi Research Ltd Information Security Consultancy 38,712
University of Limerick Analysis of text for final Review of National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 5,786
Ms. Maureen Lynott Facilitation of and reporting on a Consultative Forum for the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence on 17 November, 2014 4,900
Professor Tim Trimble Research project commissioned jointly by the Probation Service and the Probation Board of Northern Ireland 6,204
Rits Expert advice relating to the security of information systems in the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission 5,623
Dr. John Pearse (two separate payments) To assist with the work of the Smyth Advisory Committee which was set up to advise the Department on any changes in the law or practice in relation to interviewing suspects held in Garda custody. 104
Sterling £6,922