Sunday 20 August 2017

Department spends €2,000 teaching staff to tweet

The figures were revealed in a written Dáil reply to Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy. Stock photo: Getty/NurPhoto
The figures were revealed in a written Dáil reply to Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy. Stock photo: Getty/NurPhoto

Gordon Deegan

The Department of Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise is taking no chances in its staff being left behind in the online world of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Frances Fitzgerald, pictured, confirmed that her department has spent over €2,100 in sending eight members of its staff to two social media conferences in 2016 and 2015.

The Department paid BMF Business Services €2,159 to attend the two conferences.

It also spent another €195 sending a staff member to a social media e-seminar being held by the Law Society and a further €405 to the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) for a one-day seminar, 'Social Media for Public Sector Organisations'.

The total spend of €2,759 on social media for its staff members was part of a €368,814 spend by the Department last year and in 2015 on third party public relations and training services.

The figures were revealed in a written Dáil reply to Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy.

They show that last year the Department spent €68,718 on PR and training - but this was sharply down on the €300,090 outlay in 2015. The largest part of the spend was a €284,524 contact secured by Atomic Advertising Ltd to provide the Department with a one year advertising campaign, utilising radio and digital, to raise awareness of a range of Government-provided enterprise supports.

Another spend related to the Department paying €6,863 Fusion Communications to provide communication services to the Workplace Relations Commission.

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