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572. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the amount paid in late interest payments and penalty payments by her Department in each of the years 2017 to 2020 and to date in 2021 in respect of late payments being made to suppliers, service providers and contractors in tabular form; and the measures she has put in place and or is implementing to reduce late payment interest and penalty payments. [44008/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I wish to inform the Deputy that the amounts paid in late interest payments and penalty payments for each of the years 2017 to 2020, and to date in 2021 from the Justice Vote (Vote 24) are set out in tabular form below.

Year
 
Amount
2017 €2,087                    
2018 €3,675                      
2019 €5,896                    
2020 €9,446  
2021 to date €4,724             


 All staff are made aware of prompt payment interest and the need to process payments in a timely manner. In addition, the amount of interest and penalties paid are monitored on an ongoing basis by my Department's Financial Management Unit and where necessary, reminders are issued on the requirement to process payments in a timely manner.