Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach

Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 6 - Office of the Chief State Solicitor (Supplementary)

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed that staff have been able to work from home in line with Government regulations. For example, facilities have been set up to allow legal staff access to virtual court hearings in Ireland and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In the initial phase of the pandemic, a lot of public services and people across the private sector had to transition quickly to meet the challenge brought about by Covid. There is ongoing additional licensing and support for remote access. Video conference solutions have supported the IT investment in 2021. A lot of the additional allocation for this year has sought to facilitate secure remote access to allow continuity of work. There has been a proactive management of that in order to manage the transition while also mitigating the costs so that this is balanced properly. I am informed that it has worked well since remote working commenced.