Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (148)

Andrew Doyle


148. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a detailed breakdown in the number of downloads that have occurred to date of the Irish Statute Book Application available for download on both the Apple AppStore and the Android Google Play Marketplace for smartphones and tablet devices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30109/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The 'eISB app' facilitates access to the Irish Statute Book through mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, PCs etc. The 'app' was commissioned by the Office of the Attorney General and released for Android platform devices in April 2011 and for iPhone/iPad devices in May 2011. The 'app' is free of charge and to date there have been 3798 downloads of the iPhone/iPad version and between 1000 and 5000 downloads of the Android version (Google Play Marketplace only provides a range for its downloads rather than a specific number).

The eISB has proved to be a popular and useful source of information. For instance, during the period January to March of this year, the eISB averaged almost 200,000 visits accessing approx 1,000,000 pages of information in each month. In total, there were over 2 million visits to the eISB web site in 2012 and this figure is likely to be exceeded this year.