1. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the roll-out of the public service information and communications technology strategy; the amount that has been spent on it to date; the estimated amount to be spent; the security implications and data protection steps that have been taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53464/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Deputy Dara Calleary: I would like to ask the Minister about the status of the public service information and communications technology strategy, particularly the work being done to ensure citizens’ personal data are secure, especially at a time when data privacy is under such a threat.
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242. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department regularly carries out information technology security audits; and if so, the regularity with which they are undertaken. (Question 52108/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Department has a robust regime for protecting its Information Systems and regular auditing is a significant element of this. Security audits are conducted within the Department by a range of internal and external bodies. The total number of such audits conducted between 2012 and 2017 was 33.
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243. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the security of communications between her Department’s central servers and local offices is regularly audited; and if so, the frequency with which such audits are carried out. (Question 52109/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The security of the communications between the central servers and all offices is constantly audited by a range of industry standard software systems specifically acquired for this purpose. This includes scanning for any weaknesses in the network routers and switches and any traffic that crosses the network. The information from these auditing systems is assessed by a network support team on an ongoing basis. My Depa...

185. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the status of the project to enhance network access to rural Garda stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50748/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources, including ICT, are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Síochána Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 is intended to professionalise, modernise and renew An Garda Síochána to ensure that the organisation can meet pres...

231. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the policies in place for updating the PULSE system when amending road traffic legislation is introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48241/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the efficient use of Garda resources in the State, including arrangements for upgrading and maintenance of ICT systems. As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter. 
The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Síochána Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 is intended to professionalise, modernise and renew An Garda Síochána to ensure that the organisati...

934. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the options that will be available to farmers that do not have Internet access for 2018 when applying for area aid in view of the fact the application is due to move to an online procedure from now on. (Question 46431/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under EU Regulations, there are specific requirements with regard to aid applications for area related schemes.  One such requirement is that all applications are required to be submitted online from 2018 onwards. Farmers can apply online themselves at www.agfood.ie, or authorise an approved agricultural agent to do so on their behalf.
In recent years there has been steady growth in the number of farmers who apply online for ...

480. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when information technology issues related to GLAS and AEOS payments will be resolved; the reason for the problems forcing the exacerbation of delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43010/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In the context of the Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 my Department has delivered over twenty new schemes that were supported by IT capability.  In the first two years of the current RDP programme my Department has already implemented substantially more RDP schemes than were implemented over the entire ten year lifetime of the previous RDP programme.  
This rate of delivery and draw-down would not have been possible wi...

561. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if the information technology system in his Department will be upgraded to prevent the issue which occurred with the release of the Tidy Towns results on 25 September 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41425/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 561 and 562 together.
The Supervalu Tidy Towns competition is now in its 59th year and is a positive and exciting competition for the many communities involved. A very successful National Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, 25th September 2017, in the Helix Theatre, Dublin, where Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, was declared the overall winner of the competition for 2017.  
I am aware that there were ...

562. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to ongoing issues with the Tidy Towns website; and if his attention has been further drawn to the annoyance and confusion that this problem has caused Tidy Towns groups across the country in accessing adjudicators reports and the results for the 2017 competition. (Question 41561/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 561 and 562 together.
The Supervalu Tidy Towns competition is now in its 59th year and is a positive and exciting competition for the many communities involved. A very successful National Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, 25th September 2017, in the Helix Theatre, Dublin, where Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, was declared the overall winner of the competition for 2017.  
I am aware that there were ...

109. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations in counties Cavan and Monaghan that do not have the PULSE system in place; the locations of these stations; his plans to install these systems; the timeframe for installation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39939/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware of the Garda Síochána Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 which is intended to professionalise, modernise and renew An Garda Síochána to ensure that the organisation can meet present and future challenges....

1661. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she has taken to upgrade the data collection systems in Tusla and in her Department. (Question 37724/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department collects and disseminates a wide range of data in relation to children and young people.
From 2011-2016 the National Strategy for Research and Data on Children’s Lives (NSRDCL) guided and supported my Department’s approach to the development of data relating to children’s lives. The final implementation report on this strategy will be published later this year. Key actions relevant to data development and collect...

555. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress made in the modernisation of Garda information systems, including the PULSE system, as outlined in the An Garda Síochána modernisation and renewal programme 2016 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36096/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 555 and 557 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Síochána Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 is intended to professionalise, modernise and renew An Garda Síochána to ens...

557. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the development and implementation by An Garda Síochána of a control room strategy. (Question 36098/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 555 and 557 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Síochána Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 is intended to professionalise, modernise and renew An Garda Síochána to ens...

440. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the provision of remote access to information and technology to Garda members; if this is in place for all members; and if it is available on a mobile basis. (Question 34793/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 440 to 442, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the extensive programme of reform currently underway in An Garda Síochána is based primarily on the reports of the Garda Síochána ...

441. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide a report on the enterprise content management system initiative in An Garda Síochána; and if this initiative is now complete. (Question 34794/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 440 to 442, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the extensive programme of reform currently underway in An Garda Síochána is based primarily on the reports of the Garda Síochána ...

442. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide a report on the investigation management initiative in An Garda Síochána; if the proposed development of a new system to enable the electronic management and tracking of all investigation tasks and processes will be complete by the end of 2017. (Question 34795/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 440 to 442, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the extensive programme of reform currently underway in An Garda Síochána is based primarily on the reports of the Garda Síochána ...

37. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has reviewed his Department’s information technology payments systems in view of the problems faced by persons submitting applications and drawing down payments for GLAS, the KTG scheme, TAMS and so on. (Question 28153/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In the context of the Rural Development Programme 2015 - 2020 the Department has delivered over twenty new schemes that were supported by IT capability in the last two years.  In the first two years of the current RDP programme my Department has already implemented substantially more RDP schemes than were implemented over the entire ten year lifetime of the previous RDP programme.   To date Ireland has drawn down funding at a ...

108. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the inadequate staffing levels at the Garda Information Services Centre; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact it has been the subject of discussions between his Department and the Commissioner. (Question 29378/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Garda Information Services Centre (GISC) is a contact centre for operational members of An Garda Síochána. After an incident, Gardaí contact GISC on mobile phones instead of returning to their station to record the case details. They give the details to trained civilian call-takers who enter the details on the PULSE system. GISC was established on a pilot basis in September 2005 and rolled out nationally by October 2006. The object...

785. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of individual information technology and information technology service tenders advertised by An Garda Síochána for values greater than €15,000 between 1 October and 31 December 2015. (Question 27495/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the detailed allocation of Garda resources, including the procurement of ICT products and services, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and I as Minister, have no role in the matter.
I have, however, been informed by the Commissioner that there was one tender for the design, development and support of a website published by An Garda Síochána on the website, eTenders.gov.ie, which is a central facility f...

786. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the purpose, value and time line associated with each information technology contract and tender signed or issued by An Garda Síochána for 2015. (Question 27496/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 786 to 790, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the detailed allocation of Garda resources, including the procurement of ICT products and services, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and I as Minister, have no role in the matter. 
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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787. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of contracts signed by An Garda Síochána with a company (details supplied) in 2015 for a contractual value of greater than €15,000. (Question 27497/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 786 to 790, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the detailed allocation of Garda resources, including the procurement of ICT products and services, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and I as Minister, have no role in the matter. 
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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788. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the dates on which each of the 2015 contracts with a company (details supplied) were signed; the person that signed them; and the purpose and value of each of the contracts signed with the company by An Garda Síochána in that period of time. (Question 27498/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 786 to 790, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the detailed allocation of Garda resources, including the procurement of ICT products and services, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and I as Minister, have no role in the matter. 
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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789. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there was a full procurement process in respect of each of the contracts with a company (details supplied) in 2015; and the names of the underbidders in the competitions held at the time. (Question 27499/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 786 to 790, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the detailed allocation of Garda resources, including the procurement of ICT products and services, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and I as Minister, have no role in the matter. 
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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790. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of money that has been paid by An Garda Síochána to a company (details supplied) and or its value added resellers from the Garda vote in the financial years 2015, 2016, and 2017. (Question 27500/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Garda Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 786 to 790, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the detailed allocation of Garda resources, including the procurement of ICT products and services, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and I as Minister, have no role in the matter. 
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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1634. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the significant problems that arose with his Department’s information technology systems which caused delays in payments in rural development schemes such as GLAS; if he can now reassure persons that all these problems have been rectified in order that there will be no recurrence in respect of the applications for schemes in late 2017 and 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27669/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Information and Communications Technology)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In the context of the Rural Development Programme 2015 - 2020 the Department has delivered over twenty new schemes that were supported by IT capability in last two years.  In the first two years of the current RDP programme my Department has already implemented substantially more RDP schemes than were implemented over the entire ten year lifetime of the previous RDP programme.   To date Ireland has drawn down funding at a rate...