Tuesday 12 December 2017

Government spends €16,000 on shiny new iPads

LOUISE McBRIDE

The Government must be thinking the €16,400 it has splashed out on Apple iPads so far is money well spent -- after outages at its rival, BlackBerry, put out thousands of BlackBerry users across Ireland over the last week.

At €9,000, Eamon Gilmore's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spent the most of any government department on iPads. The department, which bought 13 iPads, recently set up a pilot project for accessing corporate information through tablet devices, said a spokeswoman.

"The international focus of the department makes mobile access to such information an essential business requirement," she added.

Only six of the 16 government departments bought iPads since they were launched last year.

A civil servant sent out to inspect a farm is more likely to carry an iPad than one responsible for telecommunications -- the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food bought four iPads for €2,547, but the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources hasn't even bought one.

The Department of Social Protection spent about €2,500 on three iPads.

Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, got an iPad last July "in lieu of a departmental laptop which he is entitled to", according to a spokeswoman for the department. Kelly's iPad cost about €724.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation spent €1,150 on two iPads this year, while Minister Alan Shatter's Department of Justice, Equality and Defence spent €825 on one.

Ireland Offline described the Government's purchase of iPads as a waste of money.

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