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639. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice if she has engaged a third party company to date in 2021 to conduct online and-or social media monitoring and-or provide reports on social media coverage of her Department; if so, the cost of same; and the name of the social media platforms being monitored. [25789/21]

640. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice if officials in her Department are tasked with conducting online and social media monitoring and completing reports on social media coverage of her Department and her ministerial activities; if so, the number of staff involved; the respective grades of each; the estimated working hours committed to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25807/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 639 and 640 together.
Officials in the press office of my Department actively review the Department's social media channels to identify emerging issues, but no officials are tasked with conducting systematic online and social media monitoring, and no reports in relation to social media coverage of my Department and my Ministerial activities are compiled.
My Department has not engaged any third-party company to date in 2021 to conduct online and or social media monitoring and or provide reports on social media coverage of my Department.