Dáil Éireann - Volume 500 - 17 February, 1999

Written Answers. - Gifts to Ministers.

94. Mr. Higgins (Dublin West) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will list all gifts received by successive Ministers for Foreign Affairs since the 1987 general election; the names of the office holders; the description and esti[1232] mated value of each of these gifts; and the gifts retained by the office holder. [4518/99]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Andrews): The Department of Foreign Affairs has no record of gifts received by previous Ministers for Foreign Affairs. Gifts which I have received since coming to office have been of a minor or symbolic nature and not of a value covered by the Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995. I have kept no record of them.