Dáil Éireann - Volume 640 - 31 October, 2007

Written Answers. - Departmental Facilities.

Deputy Damien English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of buildings within his Department that have a canteen or hot food service for staff; the location of each building; the country of origin for beef, pork, chicken and lamb sourced for each building; if he will provide the information in tabular readable form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26611/07]

  Deputy Brian Cowen: There are serviced canteen facilities in three of the buildings occupied by my Department. These buildings are Government Buildings, Dublin, 2, Lansdowne House, Dublin, 4 and the Department's decentralised office in the Central Business Park Tullamore County Offaly. All three facilities are operated by com[1265] mercial caterers. It is a matter for the companies providing the service to make their own commercial decisions as to where to source their supplies. However, I am informed by the caterers that the majority of meat used by them is sourced in Ireland.