Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Departmental Communications.

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of staff in her Department that are provided with a blackberry device or similar mobile e-mail equipment. [34215/07]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: The number of staff in my Department provided with a Blackberry device or similar mobile e-mail equipment is 94. 87 staff have been provided with Blackberry devices and 7 staff are piloting a ‘push email’ solution on mobile-phones.

[1125] Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of databases used by her Department; and the number of these that are wholly and partly operated by external organisations or individuals and operated solely within her Department. [34230/07]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: My Department has in place twenty one (21) databases to support its work. Twenty (20) databases are operated and hosted within the Department. One (1) database, which is shared with other Departments, is hosted by another public sector organization that provides hosting facilities.

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of information technology projects undertaken by or for her Department since 2004 that have been delivered over budget, after their original deadline, on budget, under budget, on their original deadline and ahead of their original deadline; and if she will present the information in tabular readable form. [34245/07]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: My Department has invested significantly in IT over the past number of years and has successfully delivered many new IT systems to underpin its operations and to provide greater internal efficiencies, controls, and enhanced customer service. At any time there is a large programme of IT initiatives being progressed. The details requested by the Deputy in relation to the IT projects delivered since 2004, are being prepared and will be sent on to him directly.