Written answers

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Consultancy Contracts

9:00 pm

Paul McGrath (Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 164: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his Department procedures for initiating consultancies; if he will list all his Department's consultancies since he took office; the estimated and actual cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30986/06]

Photo of Dick RocheDick Roche (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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My Department has regard to the appropriate Department of Finance guidelines on engaging consultants. In addition, the Department's internal guidelines require all general contracts over €25,000 and all consultancy contracts, regardless of cost, to be reported to the Department's Organisation Unit which undertakes a process audit of the procurement prior to award of contract.

Proposals for use of consultancy services by my Department are set out in Divisional business plans, which are reviewed and endorsed by my Department's management team at the beginning of each year. The resulting programme of proposed consultancy expenditure for has been approved by me, and I am consulted on significant new consultancy proposals on a continuing basis.

A list of consultancies undertaken by my Department since I took office is set out in the table below. In relation to legal advice for which different procurement arrangements apply, I refer to Question No. 1010 of 25 April 2006.

ConsultancyConsultantOriginal contract amountFee Paid to dateYear of Engagement
Study on EN 1991 Eurocode 1 Action on Structures 1-2 Actions exposed to fire.BRE — Building Research Establishment – UK23,34023,3392004
Audit on the Implementation of the ERM ReportEnvironmental Resources Management Ireland Ltd8,5018,5012004
Expert Review of National Emergency Plan for Nuclear AccidentsEnvironmental Resources Management Ireland Ltd60,50042,3502004
Professional engineering consultancy for bridge at Coronation PlanationGerard Higgins6,1106,1102004
Professional engineering consultancy for replacement bridges at KnocksinkGerard Higgins4,9964,9962004
Professional engineering services on building works at Muckross FarmJennings O'Donovan &Partners11,69311,6932004
ISDI data holdings and needs scoping studyLocal Government Computer Services Board30,00030,0002004
Glenveagh National Park tea rooms review of servicesM H Consultancy6,2006,2002004
Study on spatial trends and related issues in rural areasNational Institute For Regional & Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) At NUI Maynooth42,25042,2502004
Consulting engineering services on pathworks at Diamond Hill, Connemara National Park, Co. GalwayP.J. Tobin & Co. Ltd88,35288,3522004
Review of the potential for e-m interference with Met Éireann telecommunication equipmentAegis Systems Ltd, 30 Anyards Road, Cobham, Surrey Kt11 2la, UK11,8449,7892005
Preparation of Ireland's National Reports for May 2006 Peer review meeting of the IAEA's Joint ConventionAMEC NNC Ltd6,3666,3662005
Media Support for the Official Launch of Burren life projectAnne Jones4244242005
Tree survey at Coole ParkArborist Associates Ltd.7,9417,9412005
Preparation of discussion document re Lough ReeAtkins7,5007,5002005
Design of bookmarkBennis Design2502502005
Publicity campaign for draft register of electors — 2006/2007Bloom Advertising148,158155,6962005
Management plan Old HeadC Huxley6,0004,2002005
Safety assessment of underground bat roosts in Co. ClareColin Bunce5005002005
Gateways investment priorities studyConsortium – Fitzpatrick & Associates, Brady Shipman Martin Town Planning Consultants & International Centre For Local & Regional Development At NUI Maynooth77,40077,4002005
Design of Glenveagh NP BookletCreative Inputs3,0253,0252005
Report and surveys re InchDavid Buchanan6,4006,4002005
ConsultancyConsultantOriginal contract amountFee Paid to dateYear of Engagement
Develop an ICT Strategy for 2006 — 2009Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants108,739Nil to date2006
An assessment of conservation status of turloughs in IrelandDepartment of Botany, Trinity College800,000200,0002005
Design of Glenveagh National Park Management PlanDesign Image1,8451,8452005
Design of Wicklow National Park Management PlanDesign Image1,8451,8452005
Consultancy Assignment for Construction ResearchDKM Economic Consultants80,00078,0452005
Expert report on tortoises for CITES licensingEddie O'Brien2002002005
Clara Bog Visitor Centre ReportFiona MacGowan3,6503,6502005
Gateways Investment Priorities Study (Consultancy Ongoing)Fitzpatrick & Associates100,00046,8272005
Review of the implementation of the Government's homeless strategyFitzpatrick & Associates74,53674,5362005
Botanical survey-wetlands North Midlands regionGerry Tobin8,100Nil to date2005
Consultancy in relation to construction of disabled access pier KillarneyHickey Moynihan Design7,2617,2612005
Review of boat safety operational proceduresJohn Roberts986 9862005
Osprey NestingLorcan O'Toole Wildlife Consultants1,4011,4012005
Glenveagh National Park Tea Rooms review of servicesM H Consultancy8,400 8,4002005
Catering consultant advice re Tea Rooms in GlenveaghMH Consultancy19,60015,6002005
Garriskil bog site visit & report 4/5/05Michael Doyle Forestry Consultant1,3311,3312005
Report on rhododendron removal & timber valuationMichael Doyle Forestry Consultant2,7592,7592005
Visitor Survey Connemara National ParkNUIG10,00010,0002005
Engineering service work at visitors centre at Coole Park, Gort, GalwayOG Engineering Consultants Ltd.8,4418,4412005
Survey of Hares in Ireland 2005Quercus (Queens University Belfast)199,500100,0002005
Diagram support for the Review of the Framework for Co-ordinated Response to Major Emergencies in IrelandRisk Management International Ltd.9,6809,6802005
Security and risk assessment on the electronic voting and counting systemRits111,683110,0032005
Population Research Study (Consultancy Ongoing)Roger Tym & Partners30,25030,2502005
Botanical survey-wetlands North Midlands regionRosaleen Dwyer and John Wann15,72013,8202005
Botanical Survey-Woodlands North Midlands regionSaoirse O'Donoghue8,265Nil to date2005
Study of Lesser Horseshoe bats at Moore Hall Co. MayoSinead Biggane10,950Nil to date2005
ConsultancyConsultantOriginal contract amountFee Paid to dateYear of Engagement
Research on exhibition at Coole ParkSinead McCoole2,0002,0002005
Development/Management of the National Litter Pollution Monitoring SystemTES Consulting Engineers209,788104,8942005
ASI RMP Update (Cork)The Archaeology Company35,60735,6072005
Apartment Size Research Study (Consultancy Ongoing)Toal O'Muire25,00025,0002005
Research examining the regulation of lobbyists in those states that have formal regulation systems in placeTrinity College Dublin In Collaboration With Dublin City University.28,80027,878 2005
ASI RMP Update (Kerry)University College Cork106,21053,1052005
Ross Island Cave archaeological study, to facilitate bat worksUniversity College Galway5,0005,0002005
All Ireland Paper Mill StudyWaste and Resources Action Programme Ltd82,56482,5642005
Advice on the delivery of affordable housing in the greater Dublin areaWilliam Soffe1,5001,5002005
Review & update of greenhouse gas emission projections in the Kyoto period 2008-2012ICF Consulting / Byrne Ó Cléirigh Consulting185,000185,0002005-2006
Organic farm management advice, Killarney National ParkIOFGA7947942005-2006
Market research on Smoke Alarm ownershipLansdowne Market Research6,5008,5002005-2006
Provision of consultancy for INEX 3Operational Command Training Organisation Ltd. (OCTO)50,58550,5852005-2006
Expert consultancy to assist a review of the major emergency response framework in IrelandOperational Command Training Organisation Ltd. (OCTO)32,90057,7522005-2006
Study on EN 1991 Eurocode – Wind Study (EN 1991 –1-4)BRE — Building Research Establishment – UK75,0007,5002006
Preparation of Local Authority Accounting ManualCampbell Consulting & Accounting Services Ltd8,50011,8582006
Construction research reportsDKM Economic Consultants22,00021,4182006
Monitoring of Archaeological Monuments ProgrammeDr. Dermot Harrington24,000Nil to date2006
Species Action Plan for Pearl MusselDr. Evelyn Moorkens15,0007,5002006
Conservation Assesement for Pearl Mussel and Nore Pearl MusselDr. Evelyn Moorkens10,0005,0002006
Monitoring of Archaeological Monuments ProgrammeDr. Liam Downey20,000Nil to date2006
Assessment of the medium to long-term implications of a nuclear incident on the health, environment and economy of Ireland.Environmental Resources Management Ireland Limited (ERM)60,500Nil to date2006
Survey of repairs & maintenanceESRI (Economic & Social Research Institute)20,90020,8692006


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