Thursday 8 December 2016

Dáil staff are viewing porn while at work

Sex pages accessed on Oireachtas PCs

Published 28/02/2016 | 02:30

Leinster House
Leinster House
Civil servants attached to the Dail and Seanad are accessing pornography, gambling and dating websites on their work computers. (Stock image)

Civil servants attached to the Dail and Seanad are accessing pornography, gambling and dating websites on their work computers.

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But no official data is available to highlight how TDs and Senators have been behaving online.

Ksexdolls.com, hotornot.com and partyline.ie - which offers "fun, friendship and maybe more" - are among 2,280 'inappropriate' sites accessed over a four-month period. Factsandchicks.com, fitmales.co.uk and justeyecandy.com were also logged in the records over this period.

Dating websites are also popular, including EliteSingles, which matches "sophisticated" people with each other.

Attempts to access the dating website gaydar.com were blocked by the computer's filtering system, which flagged it as 'pornographic'.

The log also reveals that users like to click onto gambling websites.

Paddy Power, William Hill, Sky Bet, Betfair, 888 Poker, Casino.com and Ladbrokes are among those accessed.

A Freedom of Information request provided to the Sunday Independent reveals that a number of X-rated sites are now subject to 'blocks' and 'soft blocks'.

However, a specific list of banned websites does not exist. Instead, a barrier is in place under certain headings, including pornography, nudity, sexual materials, gambling, and designated onscreen games.

But efforts by the authorities to strictly control the behaviour of computer users has only been partially successful.

The records show staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, visitors to the Dail, contractors and journalists have all attempted to access unsavoury content.

A spokesperson for the Houses of the Oireachtas said staff were barred from looking at pornographic images, nudity and adult material on their computers.

She suggested some inappropriate sites may have been clicked on accidentally and stressed that some of the websites may stem from 'pop-ups', sites which 'auto-refresh' if left open, or as a result of computer viruses. Some sites were incorrectly categorised by the system, she added. Staff found to have attempted to access pornographic material are dealt with through formal disciplinary procedures.

However, she refused to release the number of staff reprimanded for looking up inappropriate material as this is "personal information".

"It would be the understanding of individuals that such details would remain confidential. Disclosure may prejudice the effectiveness of internal disciplinary inquiries," she added.

Sunday Independent

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