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231. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full-year savings for 2017 from reducing spending on professional fees by 10% in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14114/16]

232. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full-year saving for 2017 from reducing spending on travel by 10% in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14130/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The nature of official travel costs are that this is driven by the varied work undertaken by my Department, including in European and international fora, and consequently it is not possible to accurately predict the outturn. All official travel is conducted in line with civil service regulations and is carefully monitored and undertaken only when absolutely necessary for official business purposes. A reduction of 10% in the cost of travel in my Department would yield approximately €90,000 in full year savings.