Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Departmental Transport.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the cost of providing transport including their official car to Ministers of State in his Department and staff for each year from 1997 to date in 2007. [33680/07]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: The costs associated with my Ministerial car, including the driver are borne by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The cost of providing similar services (including salaries and expenses of civilian drivers) to junior Ministers in my Department since June 2002 when the Department of Transport was formed has been as follows:

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Year

2002

33,267

2003

87,842

2004

117,158

2005

101,723

2006

124,673

2007

59,112

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the cost of him using public transport for every year since 1997 to date in 2007; and the cost of providing similar services to junior Ministers and staff for the same period. [33695/07]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: I refer to my previous reply to question no. 97 of 15 November 2007 in relation to transport costs for myself and Ministers of State in my Department since I came into office. A breakdown of public transport costs for my predecessors in the Department of Transport is not readily available. The compilation of this information would require an excessive amount of staff time and resources.