Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

National Cyber Security Centre Review: Discussion

Photo of Darren O'RourkeDarren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

My apologies to the Minister of State for interrupting him but I am conscious of time. I hear what the Minister of State is saying but the review also stated that the NCSC is under-resourced and over-tasked and the Minister of State will not actually say those words. Do the Minister of State and the Government accept all of the recommendations, including those on staffing and restructuring? Does the Minister of State believe and can he give a commitment that those resources for staffing and for the fitting of the headquarters will be made available? I have figures here which show that the NCSC has a track record of recruiting one new staff member a year and are to recruit almost 20 extra staff members in the next 18 months. Can I have a commitment from the Minister of State that those resources will be made available and, not only that, but that these positions will be filled within the timeframe committed to and asked for?


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