Computer upgrades cost €8.9m to refurbish at Dublin Airport

The refurbishment of a computer costing €8,900 at Dublin’s main airport has cost more than €1.3 million, a new report by the Office of Public Accounts has found.

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) found €1,898,913 was spent on computers refurbished at Dublin airport between December 2014 and February 2017.

The cost of the refurbishment was made up of the costs of the installation, the purchase of the hardware and software and the costs incurred in the maintenance and repair of the machines.

The report said the total cost to the taxpayer was €2,902,064.

The Government has already allocated a total of €4.9 million to the airport refurbishment programme, of which €1 million was spent between January and May.

The OAG report said there was “considerable cost savings” to the taxpayers as a result of the upgrades.

The Auditor General said: “The overall costs of upgrading and refurbishing computers were lower than anticipated, and the value of these savings is substantial.”

The estimated cost of refurbishing the computer system at the airport was €849,000.

The estimated value of the improvements was €7,664,000.

“The report added that the IT upgrades cost more because of a “relatively small number of new systems and a more extensive program to maintain and upgrade the network and software”.

The upgrade programme is currently in the final stages of its procurement and should be completed by June 2018.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said:”The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is committed to delivering high-quality public services for the people of Ireland, as we are committed to ensuring that every penny is spent efficiently.”

It is a priority for the Government to continue the public services programme to ensure that our public services are as competitive as possible, to make sure that we get the best value for taxpayers and our investment.”