Dáil Éireann - Volume 651 - 03 April, 2008

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12697/08]

Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12709/08]

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.

In 2006, my Department spent a total of €23,458.24 on recruitment advertising in Ireland and in Missions abroad. The corresponding figure in 2007 was € 79,583.80.

Expenditure was significantly higher in 2007 due to competitions being held, for the first time under my Department’s own recruitment licence, for the positions of Field Information Officer, Senior Development Specialist (Audit) and interns in Irish Aid. Costs also arose from advertising Temporary Clerical Officer positions in the Passport Office.