Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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580. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent in advertising and-or sponsorship in respect of conferences external and internal, respectively in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, by conference; the aggregate amount for each year; the amount available in the remainder of 2019 to fund same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9180/19]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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Details of the conferences sponsored directly by my Department are set in the following table:

Sponsorship of Conferences 2017 2018
University College, Cork – Biennial Conference on National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work €11,000
Empowering People In Care (EPIC) - National Aftercare Conference €8,000
Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) – Annual National Conference €10,000€12,981
Irish Aftercare Network – Annual Conference €2,500
Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) – Annual Conference €9,840
Children and Young People's Services Committees National Conference €21,892
Total by Year €29,000€47,213

My Department does not have a dedicated budget for advertising and/or the sponsorship of conferences. As costs occur, they are allocated against the programme cost centre involved. The overall objective is to keep costs of this nature to a minimum and these services are only used when deemed necessary in the course of Departmental activity. In the circumstances, it is not possible to identify the projected spend for 2019.


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