92. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on Cabinet Committee B (Social Policy and Public Services). (Question 52951/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Discussions)

The Taoiseach: Cabinet Committee B last met on 16 November. The Committee covers the areas of Social Policy and Public Service Reform including education, children, social inclusion, Irish, arts and culture, as well as continued improvements and reform of public services. 
The work of this Committee seeks to coordinate the work across Government on planning and implementing policies that contribute to a more equal and socially inclusive society. Some of the particular initiatives this Committ...

93. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on Cabinet Committee C (European Union including Brexit). (Question 52952/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Discussions)

The Taoiseach: I established Cabinet Committee C to cover issues relating to the European Union. It assists Government in its ongoing consideration of Brexit and will also support my participation as a member of the European Council. 
Preparing for and dealing with Brexit in a way that delivers the best possible outcome for the country remains a top priority for the Government. Its potential consequences cut across very many areas of our national and economic life, and it is being dealt with ...

1. Deputy John Lahart asked the Taoiseach to list the members of the Cabinet committee F (national security). (Question 50147/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Membership)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.
The members of Cabinet committee F are as follows: the Taoiseach; the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform; the Minister for Justice and Equality; the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation; the Minister for Health; the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport; the Minister for Hous...

2. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach to list the Ministers and officials who attend meetings of Cabinet committee F (national security). (Question 51914/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Membership)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.
The members of Cabinet committee F are as follows: the Taoiseach; the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform; the Minister for Justice and Equality; the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation; the Minister for Health; the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport; the Minister for Hous...

89. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the Cabinet committee which has responsibility for equality and inclusiveness. (Question 52100/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: As I informed the House on 30 November 2017, I have decided to establish a new Cabinet Committee, Cabinet Committee G, to deal with justice and equality issues. Up until this, Cabinet Committee B, which deals with Social Policy and Public Services, had responsibility for equality issues.
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1. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the Cabinet committee that covers housing and homelessness. (Question 51712/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
Following the streamlining of the Cabinet committee structures earlier this year, Cabinet committee D was established to cover the areas of housing, climate action, infrastructure investment and delivery, including transport, the national planning framework and the ten-year capital plan. The committee last met on 23 November 2017.
I consider Cabinet committee D to be the appropriate forum to consider housing issues. O...

2. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach the Cabinet committee that has responsibility for issues pertaining to housing and homelessness; and if he will consider establishing a dedicated Cabinet committee on housing. (Question 50151/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
Following the streamlining of the Cabinet committee structures earlier this year, Cabinet committee D was established to cover the areas of housing, climate action, infrastructure investment and delivery, including transport, the national planning framework and the ten-year capital plan. The committee last met on 23 November 2017.
I consider Cabinet committee D to be the appropriate forum to consider housing issues. O...

3. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee D - infrastructure - last met; and when it will meet again. (Question 52000/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
Following the streamlining of the Cabinet committee structures earlier this year, Cabinet committee D was established to cover the areas of housing, climate action, infrastructure investment and delivery, including transport, the national planning framework and the ten-year capital plan. The committee last met on 23 November 2017.
I consider Cabinet committee D to be the appropriate forum to consider housing issues. O...

4. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the Cabinet committee in which transport is discussed. (Question 51996/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
Following the streamlining of the Cabinet committee structures earlier this year, Cabinet committee D was established to cover the areas of housing, climate action, infrastructure investment and delivery, including transport, the national planning framework and the ten-year capital plan. The committee last met on 23 November 2017.
I consider Cabinet committee D to be the appropriate forum to consider housing issues. O...

7. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on Cabinet committee A - economy. (Question 49177/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 11 together.
Cabinet committee A held its first meeting on 12 September. The Cabinet committee’s focus will be on economic issues, including the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 and preparation of a new, more focused action plan for next year; labour market policies, including the implementation of pathways to work and responding to emerging skills pressures; competitiveness and productivity challenges for business; rural affai...

8. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee A - economy - will next meet. (Question 50202/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 11 together.
Cabinet committee A held its first meeting on 12 September. The Cabinet committee’s focus will be on economic issues, including the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 and preparation of a new, more focused action plan for next year; labour market policies, including the implementation of pathways to work and responding to emerging skills pressures; competitiveness and productivity challenges for business; rural affai...

9. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee A - economy - last met; when it is scheduled to meet again; and if he will report on its work. (Question 50384/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 11 together.
Cabinet committee A held its first meeting on 12 September. The Cabinet committee’s focus will be on economic issues, including the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 and preparation of a new, more focused action plan for next year; labour market policies, including the implementation of pathways to work and responding to emerging skills pressures; competitiveness and productivity challenges for business; rural affai...

10. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on Cabinet committee A - economy. (Question 51711/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 11 together.
Cabinet committee A held its first meeting on 12 September. The Cabinet committee’s focus will be on economic issues, including the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 and preparation of a new, more focused action plan for next year; labour market policies, including the implementation of pathways to work and responding to emerging skills pressures; competitiveness and productivity challenges for business; rural affai...

11. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee A - economy - will next meet. (Question 51719/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 11 together.
Cabinet committee A held its first meeting on 12 September. The Cabinet committee’s focus will be on economic issues, including the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 and preparation of a new, more focused action plan for next year; labour market policies, including the implementation of pathways to work and responding to emerging skills pressures; competitiveness and productivity challenges for business; rural affai...

23. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the Cabinet committee in which housing is discussed. (Question 49077/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

The Taoiseach: Cabinet Committee D covers housing, climate action, infrastructure investment and delivery, the National Planning Framework and the Ten Year Capital Plan. Among other issues, this Committee is providing political oversight of our efforts to tackle the housing and homelessness issue. The Committee last met on the 23rd of November 2017. 
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261. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process by which a chairperson and members of the group that will examine the scope of the updated research on sexual abuse and violence here will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49968/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committees)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The terms of reference and membership of a scoping group to consider the availability of data and make recommendations on a study to identify the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence in Ireland today and emerging trends was considered by the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy at a meeting on 16 November. Ms Dorothy Watson, Associate Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and adjunct Professor of Sociology...

96. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on Cabinet sub-committee D, infrastructure. (Question 49179/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: Cabinet Committee D covers housing, climate action, infrastructure investment and delivery, the National Planning Framework and the Ten Year Capital Plan. Among other issues, this Committee is providing political oversight of our efforts to tackle the challenges in housing and homelessness and our transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.
The next meeting of Cabinet Committee D is scheduled for tomorrow, 23 November 2017. 
Following a review of Rebuilding Ireland, the Gov...

1. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee E (health) will next meet. (Question 47835/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: Cabinet committee E met on 12 September and is scheduled to meet again on 23 November. Committee E covers issues related to the health service. As well as considering current issues and challenges faced by the health service, such as measures to improve access to scheduled and unscheduled care over the months ahead, the Cabinet committee will oversee the development of the Government’s response to the Sláintecare report. As I previously stated, the Government agrees with the br...

3. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on Cabinet committee F on national security. (Question 47898/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 and 4 together. 
The role of Cabinet committee F is to keep the State’s systems for the analysis of, preparation for, and response to, threats to national security under review and to provide for high-level co-ordination between relevant Departments and agencies on related matters. The Cabinet committee will allow greater ministerial involvement in preparing for and managing major security threats.
The committee last met on 9 November 2017. It ...

4. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee F on national security last met; and when it will next meet. (Question 48129/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 and 4 together. 
The role of Cabinet committee F is to keep the State’s systems for the analysis of, preparation for, and response to, threats to national security under review and to provide for high-level co-ordination between relevant Departments and agencies on related matters. The Cabinet committee will allow greater ministerial involvement in preparing for and managing major security threats.
The committee last met on 9 November 2017. It ...

18. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet Committee E (Health) last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again. (Question 46587/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 19 together.
Cabinet Committee E last met on 12 September and is scheduled to meet again on 23 November. 
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19. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet Committee E (Health) will next meet. (Question 46797/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 19 together.
Cabinet Committee E last met on 12 September and is scheduled to meet again on 23 November. 
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23. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach the role of the Government Security Committee; when it last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again. (Question 46589/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: The role of Cabinet Committee F is to keep the State’s systems for the analysis of, preparation for, and response to, threats to national security under review and to provide for high-level coordination between relevant Departments and agencies on related matters. The Cabinet Committee will allow greater ministerial involvement in preparing for and managing major security threats.
The Committee last met on 9 November 2017. It is expected that the Committee will meet again early ...

1. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee B, social policy and public services, last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again. (Question 44867/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, and 116 together.
Cabinet committee B covers the areas of social policy and public service reform, including education, children, equality, social inclusion, Irish and arts and culture and continued improvements in and reform of public services. Issues relevant to reform of the justice system are also included in its remit. Cabinet committee B met on Monday, 11 September and is scheduled to meet again next week.
Cabinet committ...

2. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach the Cabinet committee that has assumed the responsibilities of the former Cabinet committee on justice reform. (Question 43824/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, and 116 together.
Cabinet committee B covers the areas of social policy and public service reform, including education, children, equality, social inclusion, Irish and arts and culture and continued improvements in and reform of public services. Issues relevant to reform of the justice system are also included in its remit. Cabinet committee B met on Monday, 11 September and is scheduled to meet again next week.
Cabinet committ...