Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Ceisteanna (177, 186)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

177. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. [18157/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

186. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media; the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18193/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 186 together.

My Department's social media presence is managed by the Press and Information Office of my Department. Since 2011, staff members from the Press and Information Office and I.T. sections have attended 3 training courses on the use of social media, at a total cost of €475. Separate to these courses, a member of my Department's staff attended Social Media Dublin 2017, a conference on the topic of social media, in January 2017, and 3 staff members attended the same conference in 2018. Total expenditure by my Department for attendance at these events was approximately €1,000.