Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (576)

John Deasy


576. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [5452/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department continues to utilise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance our systems and services to our Farming, Fishing and Forestry customers and the agri-food industry. In terms of the development of “Apps” for smart phones and multi-media devices by my Department since 2011, we developed a new mobile Department website in 2013 which can be accessed at http://m.agriculture.gov.ie. This website provides better mobile access to the more popular areas of my Department’s website and it is specifically designed to work more effectively across a range of modern mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablet devices and it is automatically linked into the main website when greater information is required. This mobile website was developed internally and no additional expenditure was incurred in its development. The question of whether any of the Agencies under the aegis of my Department have developed “apps” is an operational matter for themselves.