Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Ceisteanna (81, 82)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

81. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. [18166/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

82. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade 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. [18202/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 82 together.

My Department provides social media training to staff to increase their capacity to promote public engagement and accountability for our work across global issues and in the delivery of services.

In-house expertise is used wherever possible and training on the use of social media is generally delivered by the Communications Unit in my Department at no additional cost.

The information requested by the Deputy regarding training that has been delivered on the use of social media, including the amounts spent on social media consultancy in each of the years 2011 – 2016, is set out in the following table. From time to time the Department’s eighty missions overseas may incur modest miscellaneous expenses in relation to social media training.

Date

Description

Organised by

Cost

19 January 2016

Facebook training for missions

DFAT Communications Unit with Facebook

Nil

21 January 2016

Twitter training for missions

DFAT Communications Unit with Twitter

Nil

3 March 2015

Social Media and Website Training

DFAT Press Office

Nil

17 July 2014

Social Media and Website Training

DFAT Press Office

Nil

26 June 2014

Social Media and Legal Risks

Public Affairs Ireland

€295

9 July 2013

Social Media Training

Darragh Doyle

€450

16&17 October 2012

Certificate in Social Media

Public Affairs Ireland

€560

23 June 2011

Using Social Media in the Public Sector

Public Affairs Ireland

€395 x3

9 September  2011

Social Media Training

Irish Times Training

€345 x2