Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (904, 905, 907)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

904. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the capital projects which have been delayed under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of her Department and agencies in tabular form; when these projects will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30882/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

905. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the capital projects which have commenced under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of her Department and agencies in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30918/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

907. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if expenditure estimates for capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of her Department and agencies match projected cost requirements in tabular from; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30964/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 904, 905 and 907 together.

The National Development Plan 2018 to 2027 which forms part of Project Ireland 2040 sets out there two projects that come under my Department's remit, viz. additional ICT modernisation and the refurbishment of my Department’s Áras Mhic Dhiarmada building.

In relation to ICT modernisation, my Department continues to invest in projects to modernise its business systems and ICT infrastructure every year. This involves the continued migration of business functionality to the Department’s strategic ICT platform and the development of a digital services platform. It also includes continued investment in data centres, physical ICT infrastructure, security systems, and ensuring that the complex ICT environment remains fit for purpose. This work is always ongoing within available resources and, as such, there is no estimated overall cost.

The Áras Mhic Dhiarmada building was completed in 1953 and continues to be of significant architectural interest. It is now in need of major refurbishment and my Department is currently engaging with the Office of Public Works to identify the necessary works. Until the refurbishment plan is agreed I am not in a position to establish the estimated cost of the project.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.