Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (404)

John Deasy

Question:

404. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the apps his Department or attached agencies have been involved in developing for smartphones and other multimedia devices in the past three years; and the cost and the software developer employed in each case. [5455/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), which is a Division in my Department, is working on developing apps for geological data, particularly for Tellus and Infomar projects. The work on this to date has been undertaken by project and in house staff at no additional cost to my Department.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland developed a Smartphone App in 2011 to support its Power of One Activity at a cost of €16,985 ex VAT. The Home Energy Manager App was part of a wider community engagement programme and accompanied printed resources to assist homeowners in reducing their home energy use.

In relation to the other Agencies under the aegis of my Department, I have notified them of the question and have requested them to respond directly to the Deputy with their replies.

Question No. 405 answered with Question No. 379.