Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (9)

Catherine Murphy


9. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the names of external consultancies that delivered and continue to deliver advice and training on all aspects of GDPR in the context of preparedness and ongoing upskilling of staff regarding the regulation; the cost expended on the external advice and training of same to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35573/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

In preparation for GDPR a wide range of measures were rolled out to staff in my Department to enhance awareness and understanding so as to comply with the requirements of the Regulation.  A data protection officer was appointed and a data protection working group, consisting of representatives from right across my Department, was established. The role of the working group is to ensure awareness and to support the design and implementation of GDPR across the organisation.  GDPR training sessions and briefings were provided to all staff, and an awareness campaign was rolled out. Training continues to be provided as required.  Details of all training providers and expenditure, which was organised through the Learning and Development Unit, are outlined in the following table:




Total Expenditure per Year 


Legal Island




Academy of European Law (ERA) Germany




PDP Training




Griffith College




Irish Computer Skills




Legal Island




Commercial Media   Group (CMG)




Institute of Public Administration (IPA)




Public Affairs Ireland (PAI)




Information Security Assurance Services (ISAS)




Legal Island




Irish Sign Language Interpreting




Colleary & Co




Commercial Media   Group (CMG








Public Affairs Ireland (PAI)




Institute of Public Administration (IPA)




PDP Training




Irish Computer Skills








Irish Academy of Computer Training