Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 15 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

[877] Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the payments Ireland has made and has received from the United Nations in connection with peacekeeping operations on behalf of the United Nations in each of the past 15 years. [35166/08]

  Deputy Micheál Martin: All amounts assessed on Ireland to cover the expenses of UN peace-keeping operations are paid directly by the Department of Foreign Affairs to the UN on behalf of the Government. The total amounts paid in such obligatory assessed contributions from 1996 to 2008 are as follows:

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2008 (to date)

€16,160,648

2007

€20,610,666.85

2006

€11,680,561

2005

€11,172,638

2004

€11,763,094

2003

€5,291,250

2002

€5,854,764.13

2001

€9,266,171.71

2000

€6,080,831.60

1999

£1,400,000

1998

£1,277,585

1997

£1,355,134

1996

£1,608,282

Figures for the period 1993 to 1995 could not be obtained in the time available. These will however, be provided to the Deputy at the earliest opportunity.

Reimbursements from the United Nations in respect of participation by Permanent Defence Forces are made directly to the Department of Defence while separate arrangements apply to Garda personnel in UN peace-keeping operations. Consequently any queries regarding such payments would require to be directed to the Departments of Defence and Justice, Equality and Law Reform.