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According to figures from the Department, €4,034 was spent on bottled water in 2015.
The Department told the Medical Independent (MI) that this spend was down from previous years, with €4,889 spent in 2014 and €4,784 in 2013.
The last figure was a significantly reduction from the total spend on bottled water in 2012, which reached a total of €6,564.
However, all these figures are significantly below the figures the Department spent on water a decade ago. Former Minister for Health Mary Harney told the Dáil in 2009 that the cost of bottled water for the Department in 2006 was €17,312. This dropped in the following years.
During 2007, a mains water filtration system was installed in Hawkins House, which greatly reduced the costs of bottled water.
Separately, the Department of Health spokesperson told MI that there are currently 79 car-parking spaces at Hawkins House for staff.
“There is no cost to the Department for these spaces.“
The Department is scheduled to permanently move to a new office space on Lower Baggot Street in the first half of next year, while Hawkins House is due to be demolished and redeveloped.