Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Department of Finance
58. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of times he and officials in his Department have met with a company (details supplied) and/or its representatives since he took office; if he will provide details, in tabular form, of the dates of each meeting; the names of the company representatives involved; the titles of the departmental officials involved; the reason for each meeting; the matters discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12372/14]
Since taking office, there have been no official meetings between me or officials of my Department and the company referred to in the question (Communicorp Group Ltd.). Nor have there been such meetings between me or officials of my Department and representatives to said company. For the sake of completeness, I should inform the Deputy that as referenced in the Department of Finance Annual Review of 2012, there has been a concerted effort to enhance engagement with stakeholders both nationally and internationally on a wide range of issues -. Officials from the Department became more active in public speaking and media engagements both nationally and internationally and therefore it might be the case that my officials have presented Department policy views while interacting with audiences comprising either employees of the company or representatives of said company.