Howlin's department spends €4m on fees for consultancy firms
Three consultancy firms were the big winners from the €4m paid out in fees by the Department of Expenditure and Reform last year.
Figures published by Minister Brendan Howlin's office show that two companies, Accenture Consulting and Bearing Point, each received fees in excess of €1m during 2014.
And Deloitte & Touche received fees in excess of €900,000.
The fees paid by the department to consultants are more than double the €1.89m paid out by their counterparts in the Department of Finance.
However, a large proportion of the monies paid out to consultants by the Department of Public Expenditure was in relation to shared services initiatives aiming at making Government more efficient.
According to a spokeswoman for Mr Howlin's department, the €1.3m fees paid to Bearing Point was for IT infrastructure in relation to civil service human resources and pensions administration shared services.
Accenture Consulting received €1.1m in fees and that was for its role as an implementation partner for civil service human resources and pensions administration shared services.
Deloitte & Touche received in excess of €900,000 in relation to providing 'baseline and business case' concerning civil service financial management shared services.
Deloitte also acted as an implementation partner for payroll shared services.
The figures show that Resolve Consulting Ltd received €198,624 in fees for its providing business process and application support services towards its Civil Service Financial Management Shared Services Project.
The spend by the Department of Public Expenditure in 2014 compares to €4.3m paid out in 2013.
The figures show that Davy Corporate Finance received €284,437 in the first quarter of last year.
In 2013, Davy Corporate Finance received €568,875 from the department relating to the 'financial and commercial advice regarding the competition for the next National Lottery licence'.
The €1.1m Accenture received last year is in addition to the €2.245m the firm received for providing for consultancy services for Civil Service Human Resources and Pension Shared Services in 2013.
In addition to the €908,000 Deloitte & Touche received last year, Deloitte received €462,611 relating to three contracts in 2013.