Thursday, 27 May 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
128. Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform 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. [22434/10]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): My Department provides centralised support for 24 websites developed under its IT Shared Service model. Figures recorded in 2009 indicate that there were over one quarter of a million unique visits to my Department’s main site (www.justice.ie) and over a half a million unique visits to the website of the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (www.inis.gov.ie). Individual visits are not recorded for all sites.
Hosting and related charges for these sites in 2009 came to €38,408. Other costs, such as staff time spent maintaining the site content which forms part of the day to day work of the Department, are not separately accounted for. Websites are an essential communications tool for any modern organisation in providing essential customer services. As part of the Shared Service model, websites are developed and maintained based on reusable templates. This approach has led to a reduction in the cost and effort of setting up and supporting websites.
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