Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (2028)

Catherine Murphy


2028. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the names of external consultancies that delivered and continue to deliver advice and training on all aspects of GDPR in the context of preparedness and ongoing upskilling of staff regarding the regulation; the cost expended on the external advice and training of same to date in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35572/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department was already subject to existing Data Protection regulatory provisions prior to the coming into effect of the GDPR in May 2018. A Data Protection Officer (DPO) was appointed in 2018, in line with the requirements of Article 37 of the GDPR. Included in this role was responsibility for the oversight of arrangements for transition to the new regulatory regime, including the promotion of awareness of the requirements of the GDPR among staff and the identification of training needs across the Department. No external consultants were contracted to deliver advice and training.

Details of training provision to staff, including the roll-out of an online e-training for all staff, are set out in the following table while staff in key areas within the Department have also been facilitated in attending external GDPR training and seminars. Further training requirements will be continue to be identified and addressed as part of the Department's ongoing Learning and Development programme.


Training Provider

Type of Training



CMG Events

Attendance at Conference Implementing new EU Data Protection Regulations


Public Affairs Ireland

Data Protection Officer training



Happening Conferences

Data Summit Conference


Public Affairs Ireland

Certificate Level 1 GDPR Essentials training course

€ 4,375

Law Society of Ireland / Kings’ Inns

Certificate in Data Protection Practice

€ 1,650

Public Affairs Ireland

Certificate in Data Protection Level 1

€ 1,650


Law Society of Ireland / Kings’ Inns

Advanced Diploma in Data Protection Practice


Crowley Solicitors

GDPR training for HR staff


PDP Training

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection



Irish Academy of Computer Training (IACT)

Online data protection course for all staff



Data Protection Officer training



€ 33,104