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Over €7 million spent on laptops and phones for civil servants working from home

Newly revealed figures show that the Irish state spent over €7 million euro on new laptops, mobile phones, and office furnishings for staff working from home over the course of the pandemic. The figure of 7 million covers both costs relating to staff directly employed in government departments and those employed in aegis bodies that fall under the control of a department.

The figures were revealed in response to a series of parliamentary question asked by the Laoise-Offaly TD Carol Nolan (Ind).

The requested figures are still being collected by the Department of Health but, of the Departments who have so far provided figures to the Deputy, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has been by far the largest spender at nearly €2.4 million. That figure includes €250,000 spent on staff at the Department and another €2.1 million spent on aegis bodies. Of those aegis bodies the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the National Shared Services Office (NSSO) had the highest spends – at €795,000, and €729,960 respectively.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts, who spent €1.2 million on equipment and supports to allow staff to work from home, and the Department of Agriculture, which spent roughly €1 million, are the highest spending departments following the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

The Department of Rural Affairs has spent the least, at roughly €135,000, closely followed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has spent €156,000.

 

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