Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Departmental Communications.

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of staff in her Department that are provided with a blackberry device or similar mobile e-mail equipment. [34220/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: Sixteen staff in my Department have been provided with blackberry devices.

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of databases used by her Department; and the number of these that are wholly and partly [1167] operated by external organisations or individuals and operated solely within her Department. [34235/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: My Department has fifteen databases. One is wholly managed by an external organisation. The remainder are primarily managed within the Department with some assistance from external organisations.

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Education and Science 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. [34250/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: The information requested by the Deputy in respect of information technology projects (defined as significant new developments) is set out below.

2004: Nil

2005: Nil

2006: 1 project was over budget and delivered on the original deadline.

Additional requirements gave rise to the excess. 1 project was over budget and delivered after the original deadline. In this case, the scale of the task was greater than originally anticipated. In both cases, there was clear output in respect of the additional amounts incurred.2007 1 project was within budget and delivered on the original deadline