Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (371)

John Deasy


371. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the apps his Department or attached agencies have been involved in developing for smartphones and other multimedia devices in the past three years; the cost and the software developer employed in each case. [5453/14]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

My Department has been directly involved in the development of two Apps, one of which is still under development. Details are provided in Table 1 below:

Table 1:


Cost to Department

Software Developer

Development and delivery of GPS-enabled 'Dublin Culture Night' Smartphone/iPhone application


Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT)

Interactive application for use on a mobile device by staff working on the collection of scientific information about designated habitat sites (in development).

€42,000 to end-2013

Kainos Software Ltd

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to Apps developed by bodies and agencies funded from my Department's Vote Group for smart phones and other multi-media devices is set out in table 2 below.

Table 2:



Cost to Body

Software Developer

Heritage Council

'Heritage Week' free iPhone/Android app to showcase events during National Heritage Week 2013

€23,437 (excluding VAT)


Waterways Ireland

'Lakeland Treasures' - a guide to 10 heritage attractions in the Lough Ree area is a pilot, free iPhone app, due to be launched shortly

€18,450 (including VAT and 1 year’s maintenance and updating fee)

Nimble Tours

Foras na Gaeilge

'Anseo' - an app for iPads and smart phones to enable users to engage with other Irish speakers

€10,500 (a grant under a Foras na Gaeilge scheme)

Diaga Teo

Chester Beatty Library

'Treasures of the Chester Beatty Library’ - a free iOS app to showcase the library's collection

€14,790 (including VAT), funded by a Cultural Technology grant from my Department


National Gallery of Ireland

App for 2013 exhibition 'Treasured Sheets'

App for 2013 exhibition 'Sketchbooks of Jack B. Yeats'

€21,697 (including VAT), including funding of €15,350 from my Department

€6,888, (including VAT)

Acoustiguide Ltd

Design Factory Ltd

National Museum of Ireland

Key contributor to the smartphone and tablet apps for 'A History of Ireland in 100 objects'

Audio guides and illustrated audio guides of the Treasury Exhibition.

Large touch screens to display bilingual illustrated glossaries in 'The Treasury' exhibition

No cost to the NMI.



Developer contracted by Royal Irish Academy

Developed in-house

Developed in-house

Irish Film Board

'Media Hub' app, which allows users to watch streamed short films and trailers and keep up to date with the latest film industry news

€12,371 (including VAT)