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That is according to recent figures provided by Minister for Health Simon Harris to the Dáil.
“There are two corporate credit cards for official business purposes currently in use in my Department,” Minister Harris said in a reply to queries from Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary last month.
“The cards are held by my private secretary and a nominated officer in my Department’s Finance Unit.
“These cards are used for the purchase of a variety of goods and services where payment by credit card is required. The use of credit cards in making payments is subject to the same authorisation and control procedures as other forms of payment. The amounts paid by the Department in respect of credit card charges for 2014 and 2015 were €16,182 and €16,248 respectively and included €97 paid in 2015 for interest on purchases.”
The Minister added that the use of credit cards would be reviewed soon.
“The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has issued a revised Code of Practice, which came into effect on 1 September 2016 and which strengthens current oversight requirements by Government Departments,” said Minister Harris.
“My Department is reviewing its role in light of the revised Code and will take appropriate action as required to strengthen and enhance oversight arrangements for its agencies.”