Over €9,000 spent on redesign of Taoiseach’s website

The new-look website was recently the subject of an overhaul that cost a little over €9,000.

Updated at 20.22

THE DEPARTMENT OF the Taoiseach spent over €9,000 on a redesign of its website which included a number of upgrades and design refreshes.

The recently relaunched website provides details on the work of the department as well as press releases, publications and speeches delivered by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The work was carried out because the most recent version of its content management system had reached the end of its support, the Taoiseach said in answer to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin this week, adding that an upgrade was necessary.

Among the changes that were introduced in addition to the overall refreshing of the design was a new entry page giving users an option of viewing either the English or Irish language version of the site.

A cookies permission prompt was also added to ensure compliance with the EU Cookies Directive that requires all websites to ask users’ permission to place a cookie – a small file which tracks your preferences on a website – on their browser.

Some content restructuring also took place in order to “reflect organisational structure changes that have taken place in the Department”, the Taoiseach said.

This work was carried out by the Dublin-based software firm pTools which originally built the website and provides ongoing support.  The total cost including VAT was €9,014.50.

First published at 7.15am

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