Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
National Cyber Security Centre Review: Discussion
There are two parts to it. There is a capital budget and a current budget. The total budget between capital and current was approaching €7 million. For next year, 2022, that will be the subject of discussion with the Ministers for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputies Michael McGrath and Eamon Ryan, respectively, who will agree how much money will be allocated to the NCSC. However, this money in the context of protecting us, whether it is €7 million, €10 million or whatever, will not be an issue up for dispute. What will be allocated for cybersecurity and the NCSC will be what is required, what is needed, and what is capable of being spent. The money is not a constraining factor. I honestly think that money is a red herring at this stage.