Written answers

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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269. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount spent by her Department and each agency under the aegis of her Department on the National Ploughing Championships in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by online advertising, offline advertising, promotional material, wages, photography, stand rental and other costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49536/19]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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The information requested by the Deputy on the amount spent by the Department, and those bodies under its aegis, in respect of attendance at the National Ploughing Championships is set out in the table.  

These costs relates to stand rental, marquee design and fit-out.  The Department does not engage in promotional or advertising activities as described by the Deputy and no costs have arisen in this regard during the period in question.  Where bodies under the aegis of the Department are represented at the Ploughing Championships they are accommodated within the Department's area.

Employee costs including salary, overtime and expenses in respect of staff attending this event are paid in accordance with standard civil service norms. 

Year Expenditure to date
2016 € 54,569
2017 €125,282*
2018 € 65,807
2019 € 91,904
* The higher figure for 2017 reflects the requirement to provide a larger area for the Department to accommodate the Rural and Community Affairs function of the Department at that time, as well as a one-off performance space which was jointly promoted by the Department and the Arts Council.

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