Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
1401. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has engaged the use of external consultants from 1 January 2020 to date; the details and costs of such engagements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5526/20]
I am advised that no external consultants have been engaged by my Department for the period under review. My Department commissions engineering, environmental and other experts from time to time to provide technical reports or advice on specific issues. While the providers of these services are consultant engineers, environmental consultants etc., or may describe themselves in other such terms, their work is not classified as consultancy services and is not funded from my Department's Administrative Budget.