Written Answers - Departmental Communications

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 710 No. 3

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  67.  Deputy Enda Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the number of Government websites operated by his Department including agencies under his Department; the cost of maintenance of these websites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22431/10]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  The following tables list the information requested by the Deputy both in relation to my own Department and bodies under the aegis of my Department.

Department of Finance

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
Department of Finance web site
€5,800 (exclusive of VAT) for 2009.
provides information in relation to training matters
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Government Public Private Partnership (PPP) website provides a central point of access to the Public-Private Partnership process in Ireland.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information in relation to decentralisation programme announced in December 2003.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information in relation to the Peer Review Process and how it is to be applied to major ICT projects in the Irish public sector
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
search engine for information on the Irish Government
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
This portal contains links to all specified bodies in Ireland which have obligations under Directive 2003/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the re-use of public sector information.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
The Committee for Public Management Research sponsors research on issues of relevance to the development and management of the Irish Civil and wider Public Service
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information on the Civil Service Performance Verification Group.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information on matters relating to the Civil Service Employee Assistance Service
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information on Construction Procurement
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information on Freedom of Information Matters.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Dealing with banking inquiry
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Deals with benchmarking body
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Relates to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information about the policies and the range of networks that are in place to promote and support the employment of persons with disabilities in the Civil Service
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Information Communication Technology Procurement Website
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Deals with the Review Body on Higher Remuneration
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Commission on Taxation web site
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Irish Civil Service Pensions Information Centre Website.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Deals with eProcurement Network Information
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Holds various information on Irish State
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Holds information on Personnel Code & Circulars
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Provides information on the Budget
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Holds Information in relation to Irelands National Development Plan.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house
Holds information and services on the Civil Service Training and Development Centre including e-learning courses and electronic workspaces to support the work of various networks and task forces.
€0 — Hosted and Maintained in-house

Valuation Office

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
It provides information and online services to the general public and to all Local Authorities
There are no set annual maintenance costs associated with this web site

Public Appointments Service

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
Is a portal to a fully integrated recruitment service in regard to jobs in the public service
2009 Annual hardware maintenance on 4 web servers: €4,080
2008/09 Windows Server Enterprise 2003: €1,832

Revenue Commissioners

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
Provision of tax & customs information and secure online services such as filing tax returns, making tax payments, checking liabilities, claiming tax credits.
These websites are developed, maintained and hosted internally by Revenue. Individual components of the website, as with all equipment and software, are subject to maintenance and licence fees, payable to 3rd party suppliers. Some of these costs include usage elsewhere in Revenue e.g. storage costs. The maintenance costs listed here, which include VAT, are directly attributable to the ongoing operation of the Revenue websites.
Firewalls —€10,000
Public Key Infrastructure —€210,000
Servers —€165,000
Application Server software —€53,000
SSL certificates —€11,000
Domain name registration incl. “blocked” URLs —€500. Development tools —€32,000

[728]Commission for Public Service Appointments

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
Provides service information about the Commission for Public Service Appointments to our customers , to enhance Customer Service and to increase public awareness of the Commission
€350 (approx) per annum.

Office of the Ombudsman

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
website of the office of the Information Commissioner
Website of the Office of the Ombudsman
Website of the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information
Website of the Standards in Public Office Commission
€8,800 in respect of the four web sites

National Treasury Management Agency

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
Provides information on The National Treasury Management Agency
Provides information on the National Pensions Reserve Fund
Provides information on State Claims Agency.
Provides information on The National Development Finance Agency.
Provides information on the National Asset Management Agency.
The cost of maintaining, operating and monitoring the five NTMA web sites is €2,457 per annum

Special EU Programmes Body

Web address and Function Maintenance costs
Provides information on the Special EU Programmes Body
The Annual Costs of maintaining the SEUPB website are negligible. Any costs incurred relate to the registration of the necessary domain names which are outlined below. Information updates to the website are completed in house.
Domain Name Annual Cost (£)
.ie £44.00 +VAT
.eu £14.99 + VAT
.org £34.98 + VAT
Total cost £93.97 + VAT
The Department of Finance (DoF) pays 50% these costs.

[729]I have been informed by the Office of Public Works that they are in the process of collating the information requested by the Deputy and will forward it directly to the Deputy as soon as this process is completed.

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