Dáil Éireann - Volume 587 - 15 June, 2004

Written Answers. - Electronic Communications.

  121. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Taoiseach if all public services provided by his Department that are capable of electronic delivery are available electronically through a single point of contact, as was promised in the joint programme; and if not, if he will make a statement or explanation in respect of each service not yet so provided. [17555/04]

  The Taoiseach: The e-Cabinet project is listed as a priority for electronic delivery by my Department. This initiative is somewhat different from most of the other services listed in that its users are the Cabinet and civil servants. Given the user base and the necessity for confidentiality and security, it was never envisaged as a service for delivery under the public services broker — single point of contact — but is being developed as a flagship e-Government initiative. The e-Cabinet project, however, is well advanced. Phase One of the on-line system has now gone live and is available for use by all Departments since May of this year.

Pending the development of the public services broker as the single point of contact for services, the relevant information services pertaining to my department are available at the single on-line location for Irish Government information, www.irlgov.ie, as well on my Department’s website.