Department pays €70,000 for mortgage arrears PR
Over €70,000 in fees has been paid to Carr Communications by the State for consultancy services related to a mortgage arrears information campaign.
Figures released by the Department of Finance show that €36,605 was paid by the Department of Finance to the public relations company in the first three months of this year. Just over €37,000 was paid to the firm last year. The Department said the fees were for the "preparation of campaign collateral in respect of mortgage arrears".
A spokesman for the Department said the Dublin-based PR firm was engaged, after a public procurement process, as part of a government campaign to put information out via government agencies such as the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and the Insolvency Service of Ireland. "But they wanted it centralised in the Department of Finance who hired in Carr Communications to decide how best to put the message out there," he said.
"They have worked with us, and we have worked in conjunction with the likes of the Insolvency Service and the MABS office, doing a publicity campaign around how people can get information on mortgage arrears and what they should do in dealing with it."
The Department also said it paid around €37,000 in the first three months of the year to two barristers for advice related to international tax, and the Apple case.