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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Department of Education and Science

Departmental Expenditure

10:00 am

Photo of Brian HayesBrian Hayes (Dublin South West, Fine Gael)
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Question 74: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the amount of money, under each heading, spent by her on refreshments for meetings and functions, including sandwiches, teas and coffees, and bottled water, in 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 in tabular form; the name of the company used to supply the refreshments and the address; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46911/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The table below provides the relevant information regarding the cost of refreshments for meetings and functions which took place in my Department and the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Minister Mary HanafinNIL (to 6/5/2008)n/an/a
Minister Batt O'Keeffe€60From 7/5/2008 to 31/12/2008€432From 1/1/2009 to 31/12/2009€138From 1/1/2010 to 22/3/10
Tanaiste Mary Coughlann/an/a* €672From 23/3/2010 to End of November

* The Tánaiste's costs for 2010 include two lunches she hosted in October, one for the Finnish Minister for Education and officials at a total cost of €180.55 and another for a Ministerial delegation from Saudi Arabia at a total cost of €356.75

The Companies who supplied the goods and services are the following:

Houses of the Oireachtas, Catering Services, Leinster House, Dublin 2

Regent Catering Associates, Marlboro Street, Dublin 1

D.S Catering, Athlone, Co Westmeath


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