18 December 2014

Dara Murphy TD, Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, has announced that additional resources have been secured for data protection, following the publication by Government this afternoon of the Revised Estimates for 2015. In total, €3.65 million has been allocated to resource the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for 2015. This figure is effectively double the allocation for 2014, which stood at €1.89 million.

Speaking in Brussels ahead of the European Council, Minister Murphy said:

“The significant extra resources that we have secured for data protection for 2015 demonstrate the Government’s commitment to the protection of personal data, irrespective of the nationality of the individuals concerned."

“Organisations in both the public and private sectors, including Government Departments, State bodies, multinationals and SMEs all need to be mindful of their obligations when dealing with data entrusted to them by citizens.”

“Increased resources are being made available to the independent Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, headed up by Helen Dixon, to ensure that Ireland continues to have an excellent regulatory and enforcement regime for data protection, and that we are fully equipped to adapt to the ever-increasing pace of change in the digital economy. We must also plan ahead for the changes that will be brought about by the new EU data protection regulation that is currently being negotiated.”

“The new resources will facilitate the recruitment of additional expert staff by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the establishment of a Dublin office, in addition to the existing location in Portarlington, Co. Laois.”

“I have been tasked with overseeing the implementation of a whole-of-Government approach to data protection with the objective that Ireland will be best in class in terms of data protection regulation, investigation and enforcement. I am satisfied that with the recent establishment of a data protection policy unit in the Department of the Taoiseach, and today’s announcement of significant extra resources for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, that good progress is being made in implementing the Government’s vision.”


Note for Editors

1. Dara Murphy TD is Minister of State with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection at the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Justice and Equality, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

2. The figure of €3.65 million is included in the Revised Estimates under the Vote of the Department of Justice and Equality.