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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 24 June 2021

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Questions (362, 363)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

362. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice the funding the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner received in 2020; and the amount it is expected to receive in 2021, in tabular form. [34142/21]

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Louise O'Reilly

Question:

363. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice the estimated cost of increasing the funding for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner by 5%, 10%, 20% and 50%, in tabular form. [34143/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 363 together.

The Government is committed to supporting the ongoing roll-out and delivery of the Data Protection Commission's national and international responsibilities. There has been a continued year-on-year increase in funding for the Commission over the last four budgetary years to reflect this commitment.

The Commission has received an allocation of €19.1 million in funding under Budget 2021. This represents a 13% increase on the €16.9 million that was allocated for 2020 and a more than five-fold increase from its 2015 allocation of €3.647m, in line with its increased functions.

Against this background of successive increases in budget allocation in recent years significant underspends by the Commission have occurred. These underspends have been €4.7 million in 2020, €4.8 million in 2019 and €3.6 million in 2018.

Staffing numbers in the DPC have also increased from 110 at the end of 2018, to 150 by the end of last year. Through ongoing recruitment, the DPC is expected to fill an additional 30 posts by the end of Q2 2021.

The additional statistical information requested by the Deputy can be found in the attached tables.

% increase on 2021 Allocation

Allocation

5%

€955,000

€20,055,000

10%

€1,910,000

€21,010,000

20%

€3,820,000

€22,920,000

50%

€9,550,000

€28,650,000

Year

DPC Allocated Funding

Underspends

2021

€19,100,000

-

2020

€16,916,000

€4.7m

2019

€15,280,000

€4.8m

2018

€11,669,000

€3.6m

Question No. 363 answered with Question No. 362.
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