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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Questions (483, 484, 485)

Réada Cronin

Question:

483. Deputy Réada Cronin asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of Tusla employees who are still using HSE email addresses; the reason the roles are carried out by these staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29824/21]

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Réada Cronin

Question:

484. Deputy Réada Cronin asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the reason seven years after its establishment, Tusla is still not fully decoupled from the HSE; if achieving this decoupling is a priority for his Department; his views on whether the process has been too slow; the date for decoupling to be achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29825/21]

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Réada Cronin

Question:

485. Deputy Réada Cronin asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his views on whether the ongoing connection of the Tusla and the HSE systems has put the acutely sensitive data on children and families at unnecessary risk; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29826/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 483, 484 and 485 together.

Tusla was established in 2014 with a challenging remit to bring 19 unique and separate services under one Agency. All Tusla staff have an @tusla email address, the majority of which are hosted on the HSE network under a memorandum of understanding between Tusla and the HSE.

The Deputy will be aware of the Agency’s Data Management Strategy 2019 – 2022 under which, Tusla has been working to migrate all Tusla data sources to environments under the control of Tusla ICT by Q4 2022, thereby addressing the legacy arrangement by which much of Tusla’s electronic data sources were managed and supported by the HSE. 

I am satisfied with Tusla's progress in the development of its ICT and the approach outlined in its Data Management Strategy. The timescale and processes contained within the strategy will be reviewed in light of the impact on Tusla of the cyber attack on the HSE. The Agency is supportive of government strategy for use of shared services and will continue to avail of corporate support services provided by the HSE where appropriate.

The criminal activity associated with the ransomware attack on HSE servers is a risk for all businesses, government departments and state bodies, and is not unique to the HSE. Tusla is committed to ensuring best practice is followed as it relates to all aspects of Cybersecurity in order to protect the security of all data it holds.

Question No. 484 answered with Question No. 483.
Question No. 485 answered with Question No. 483.
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