Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (969)

Alan Kelly

Question:

969. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he or his current or past advisers sent or received official departmental correspondence to or from an email address that are not either Houses of the Oireachtas or departmental; and if so, if he will provide copies of all such correspondence. [45383/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I can confirm that I have never sent or received official Departmental correspondence from an email address that is not either provided by the Houses of the Oireachtas or my Department.

My Department has an ICT systems usage policy that provides a suite of ICT policies governing the use of ICT systems by all users, with every effort being taken to obtain a balance between IT security and the usability of the Department systems. That policy includes a section on how limited use of personal email is permitted, subject to the conditions set out in the policy document.

As regards to my advisers, since I became Minister in May 2016, there have been some rare occasions where my advisers have had to communicate through their personal emails on Departmental matters. This correspondence has included engagement on a number of topics, for example;

Press queries;

Representations from local representatives seeking meetings on DTTAS matters;

Update on changes to IT systems;

Photographs from DTTAS events;

Information about sporting events.

Question No. 970 answered with Question No. 956.