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Departmental Communications.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 11 December 2007

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Questions (547, 548, 549)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

587 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if his Department carries news summaries on their internal web; the persons who have access to such information; the way they access same; the person who compiles same; the cost of same; the regularity with which this information is updated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33714/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

The Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs employs a media monitoring company to provide a clippings service covering articles relevant to myself, the Minister of State and the Department in the national and regional print media. The media monitoring company maintains an archive of news clippings on their website, which is accessible to all Departmental staff through a link on the Department's intranet site. Additionally, certain staff in bodies associated with the department, have access to this archive by arrangement.

The pricing arrangements are as follows. Up to 100 articles per week costs €169. Up to 200 articles per week costs €302 and up to 300 articles per week costs €417. Additional articles above the prescribed thresholds cost €1.69. This is usually updated twice a day for daily papers and a few times during the week to cover regional press etc.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

588 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of mobile telephones used by him and supplied by his Department; the annual cost of same for each year since 1997 to date in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33729/07]

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Three mobile phones are assigned to me by the Department. The information requested is available only from January 2004. The costs incurred for each year since then are shown in tabular form below.

Year

2004

4,045

2005

3,529

2006

3,124

2007 to date

2,720

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

589 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if any of the advisers or staff appointed by him directly have mobile telephones and other equipment supplied by his Department; the annual cost of same since 1997 to date in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33744/07]

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Since 2002, three blackberrys, two laptops, five PCs and 3 printers were issued by my Department to staff appointed by me. The estimated cost of supplying this equipment was €9,504. Subsequently, one blackberry, one PC and 2 printers were returned for use by the Department. The estimated cost of this equipment would have been €1,665.

Information in relation to monthly rental and call costs is available from January 2004 only. The costs incurred for each year since then are shown in tabular form.

Year

2004

3,193

2005

2,464

2006

1,560

2007 to date

1,152

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