Dáil Éireann - Volume 499 - 02 February, 1999

Written Answers - Contracts and Disbursements.

331. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation the number, description and identity of contracts, consultancies or disbursements entered into, awarded or approved by his Department since coming into office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2664/99]

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation (Dr. McDaid): Details of the consultancy assignments entered into by my Department since July 1997, including those which were ongoing at the time of the establishment of the Department, are listed on the following tabular statement. Other contractual agreements have arisen in respect of wide ranging services associated with the day-to-day running of the Department. These include the acquisition and maintenance of office machinery such as IT equipment and software, photocopiers, fax machines, flexi-time system, telecommunications equipment and other office premises expenses. Details of the main suppliers are also attached.

Given the volume of individual payments or disbursements relating to the general operations of my Department, to provide the level of detail requested by the Deputy would take an inordinate amount of time in my Department which would not represent an efficient use of official time and funds.

[1141] Tabular Statement on Consultancy Assignments-Supply of Services

Consultancies entered into by Department since July, 1997


Purpose of Engagement.

Mr. Bart Cronin

Press and media consultant in the Press Office of the Department.

Mr. Pádraig Ó hUiginn

Policy adviser to Minister on matters relating to the activities of the Department.

Slattery Public Relations Limited

Provision of a public relations and media service to Minister, Minister of State, the Department and the Irish Sports Council.f7>1

Kitt Campbell Associates

Specialist advice for the assessment and selection phase of the tender procedure for development of a 50 metre swimming pool.

Farrell Grant Sparks

External Evaluation of the Operational Programme for URBAN – Ireland.

PA Consulting Services Limited

Examination of current grant payment procedures within the Department for National Governing Bodies of Sport.

PA Consulting Services Limited*

Independent evaluation of the drugs initiative focusing on assessing the effectiveness of the processes and structures associated with the delivery of the initiative.

PA Consulting Services Limited*

Facilitate and assist with the development of a strategic planning process in the Department.

Fizzicial Limited

Inspection of waymarked ways identified by the Department on the advice of the National Waymarked Ways Committee.

Fizzicial Limited

To develop resource materials for the Sport for all Leadership Award Programme.

Jean Boydell

Inspection of waymarked ways identified by the Department on the advice of the National Waymarked Ways Committee.

f7>1 A contract with Slattery Public Relations Limited was originally entered into by Minister of State Allen. The current contract was entered into on 2 September 1998 following a tendering procedure in line with Government Procurement Guidelines.

Ongoing Consultancies when Department was Established


Purpose of Engagement

Fitzpatrick Associates

External Evaluation of the Operational Programme for Tourism, 1994-1999.

Goodbody Economic Consultants

External Evaluation of the Operational Programme for Local Urban and Rural Development.

Slattery Public Relations Limited*

Provision of a public relations and communications consultancy to the Irish Sports Council and the Sports Section of the Department.

Atlantic Sport and Management Limited*

Project Manager to sports strategy group.

Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors*

Advice on establishment of Irish Sports Council.

Seán McHale and Associates*

Drafting job descriptions for the Irish Sports Council.

*Contract Terminated.



Cable and Wireless (Ireland) Ltd.

Maintenance of telephone system.

Telecom Éireann

Telephonist services.

Flextime Limited

Maintenance of flexi system.

Grosvenor Cleaning

Cleaning Service.

Ailesbury Cleaners

Cleaning service.

OKI Systems (Ireland) Ltd.

Maintenance of fax machines.

Canon Business Equipment Ltd.

Maintenance of fax machines.

McGoverns Office Equipment Ltd.

Maintenance of photocopiers.

Gestetner (Ireland) Ltd.

Maintenance of photocopiers.

M. J. Flood (Ireland) Ltd.

Maintenance of photocopiers.

232 (Sales) Ltd.

Maintenance of computer cabling.

Baker Consultants Ltd.

Upgrade of Gateway.


Purchase of computer hardware.

Dara Direct

Purchase of computer hardware-software.

Datapac Ltd.

Purchase of computer software-consumables.

DCB Group

Purchase of computer hardware-software consumables.

Dell Computer Corporation

Purchase of computer hardware, installation of hardware.

Ergo Services

Purchase of computer hardware-consumables.

Gateway 2000

Purchase of computer hardware.

Independent Network Services

Maintenance of computer hardware.

Indigo Services Ltd.

Access to Internet.

Info Products

Purchase of computer hardware.


Maintenance of Department's Internet site.

Ireland on Line

Internet subscriptions.

Microsoft Ltd.

Purchase of software support.

Source Supplies

Purchase of consumables.

Value IT

Purchase of computer hardware.

Wang Ltd.

Maintenance of computer hardware.

Wood Communications

Purchase of consumables.

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