Monday 19 August 2019

Enda Kenny forced to defend his use of personal email for official business

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Steve Humphreys
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been forced to defend the use of a personal email account for official Government business.

Mr Kenny admitted he uses a private email for some aspects of his work but insisted he does not receive sensitive Government information to this address.

Speaking in the Dáil, the Taoiseach outlined a number of different email addresses he uses for official business.

Responding to questions from Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Mr Kenny admitted he holds a private email address which he uses for personal and party political correspondence.

However, the Taoiseach also revealed that "for operational reasons" he has used this email address for official business.

But insisted sensitive information from Government Buildings was not sent to this email.

He said he also has an official email address for receiving correspondence from his constituency office which are in turn sent to other Government departments or ministers.

Mr Kenny said the Department of the Taoiseach uses a number of “secure corporate email addresses” which allow his officials to respond to public queries or arrange his attendance at events.

He has a further email address which allows him to receive official correspondence when he is not in the Taoiseach’s Office. These emails can be accessed on his mobile phone and iPad.

He said the official emails can only be accessed in Government Buildings or remotely on authorised mobile devices.

Mr Kenny said only “email and calendar data” can be accessed from these devices. If these devices are lost or stolen the data on the mobile electronics can be wiped clear.

However, the  Taoiseach added: “I’m advised the situation is secure but when you read what happens with Wikileaks or whatever, is there anything that is secure that is put in electronically?”

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