Saturday 23 September 2017

dr who forum popular with civil sErvants

Ruaidhri Giblin

FACEBOOK and online video giant YouTube are among the Top 10 most popular websites tapped into the keyboards of civil servants in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Search engine Google tops the list of popular internet sites and property website Myhome.ie clocks in at number seven of the sites visited by staff at Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's Department.

A sneak peek into the online habits of diplomats and civil servants was released under a Freedom of Information Act request for the top 200 websites visited on the department's computers.

Both broadcasters RTE and the BBC are also among the most popular sites browsed by staff, while Independent.ie clocked in at number 10.

London 2012 Olympics, Wikipedia and soccer website football365.com were just outside the Top 10.

Naturally, with staff sometimes travelling abroad or booking trips for senior staff or the minister, a travel advice site was also searched. Tripadvisor.ie, which allows a purchaser to book flights, food and accommodation, and read reviews, was frequently accessed.

Yet, staff also browsed online catalogues from Argos, Idea, Littlewoods, Debenhams and US store Macys.

Celebrity gossip site People.com was number 40, while a site touting itself as the internet's "busiest Doctor Who forum" also proved popular.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: "It is worth noting that some of the websites in this list once opened are constantly refreshing and therefore appear as being accessed far more frequently than is in fact the case."

But the department's own website, dfa.ie, only clocked in at number 22 on the most visited list.

Irish Independent

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