Photographers are booked for the purpose of recording significant events such as the launch of schemes/programmes, new initiatives and visits by delegations from abroad. Where possible the Press Office uses in house photography and the number of occasions where photographers are booked has reduced substantially since 2011.
In 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade established a Framework Agreement comprising five firms for the provision of photography services. This Framework Agreement is available for use by all Government Departments and Offices for events in the Dublin region. If an event is outside Dublin, the practice is to get written quotations.