88. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his role with responsibility for Brexit. (Question 14710/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney) (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 100 together.
Co-ordination of the whole-of-Government response to Brexit is being taken forward through the cross-Departmental coordination structures chaired by my Department.
Contingency planning for a no-deal or worst-case outcome, bringing together the detailed work being undertaken by individual Ministers and their Departments on issues within their pol...

100. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of contingency planning under way within his Department and State agencies for the impact of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14934/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney) (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 100 together.
Co-ordination of the whole-of-Government response to Brexit is being taken forward through the cross-Departmental coordination structures chaired by my Department.
Contingency planning for a no-deal or worst-case outcome, bringing together the detailed work being undertaken by individual Ministers and their Departments on issues within their pol...

50. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans for the development of services within his portfolio in the coming years, with particular reference to the need to develop and modernise services affecting rural Ireland and the Border regions; the extent to which he expects to be in a position to interact with and provide funding for voluntary community groups, while at the same time enhancing the quality of services available through both the public and the private sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1788/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: This question seeks to encourage the Minister and Minister of State to outline their mission statement in respect of their respective portfolios and the extent to which they intend to interact with the community and take full advantage of the important role they have to play in the reorganisation and reinvigoration of rural Ireland.
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185. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if newspaper and print media are covered in his brief; if not, the Minister responsible for the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52366/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I have no specific role in relation to the print media. The Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman were established by industry to safeguard and promote professional and ethical standards in Irish newspapers and magazines. These bodies have been formally recognised under s. 44 of the Defamation Act 2009, which falls under the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Justice and E...

181. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to the former Taoiseach’s statement in September 2016, the detail of the 11 areas of responsibility of Minister of State, Deputy John Halligan; if responsibilities have been added or removed in the interim; and if he is satisfied at the way in which duties under each of the 11 areas have been carried out. (Question 48751/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton) (Deputy Richard Bruton): John Halligan T.D. was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development on the 14th June, 2017.
A delegation order was made on the 18th July 2017 and is available at www.irishstatutebook.ie website.  Minister of State Halligan’s responsibilities remain the same as was delegated in the delegation order made on the 12th July 2016, however the title of h...

215. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there were changes in the powers delegated to the Ministers of State in his Department relative to the situation in place prior to 14 June 2017; if so, the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42784/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In accordance with the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1977, the Government may delegate, by way of an Order, to a Minister of State any of the powers and duties of the relevant Minister of the Government under any particular Act or any particular statutory power or duty. Such orders can be made in cases where a Minister of State would be expected to carry out statutory functions on behalf of or in addition to a Minis...

612. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the powers she has delegated to the Ministers of State in her Department; the date on which such delegation was made; if there were changes in powers delegated relative to the situation in place prior to 14 June 2017; if so, the details of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42774/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): There are no Ministers of State assigned to my Department.
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672. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the powers she has delegated to the Ministers of State in her Department; the date on which such delegation was made; if there were changes in powers delegated relative to the situation in place prior to 14 June 2017; if so, the details of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42779/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Government’s authority to delegate powers and duties to Ministers of State is contained in section 2 of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1977. 
On 14 June 2017 Deputy Finian McGrath was reappointed Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability issues. The delegation of M...

8. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the delegation orders he has made in respect of Ministers of State assigned to his Department. (Question 40533/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 and 9 together.
On 14 June 2017 the Government appointed Deputy Joe Mcl-lugh as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at my Department and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the islands and Deputy Paul Kehoe as Minister of State at my Department and the Department of Defence with special responsibility for defence. On 20 June the Government appointed Deputy Pat B...

9. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach the functions that have been delegated to Ministers of State assigned to his Department. (Question 41720/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 and 9 together.
On 14 June 2017 the Government appointed Deputy Joe Mcl-lugh as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at my Department and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the islands and Deputy Paul Kehoe as Minister of State at my Department and the Department of Defence with special responsibility for defence. On 20 June the Government appointed Deputy Pat B...

79. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; and the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred. (Question 40806/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

The Taoiseach: On 14 June 2017 the Government appointed Deputy Joe McHugh as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at my Department and at the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, and Deputy Paul Kehoe as Minister of State at my Department and at the Department of Defence with special responsibility for Defence.
On 20 June the Government appointed Deputy Pat Breen as Minister of State at my Department and at ...

81. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Ministers of State attached to her Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by her and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40792/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): On 20 June, the Taoiseach appointed Mr. John Halligan T.D. and Mr. Pat Breen T.D. as Ministers of State with responsibility for policy areas under the remit of my Department.
On 26 July, the Government made orders for the delegation of Ministerial functions to Ministers Halligan and Breen at my request.
Minister Halligan has been delegated responsibility for Innovation, Research and Development (IRD), and ...

84. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40799/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are two Ministers of State appointed to the Department of Finance:
- Deputy Michael D’Arcy is Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance; and
- Deputy Patrick O’Donovan is Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Ope...

90. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40804/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are three Ministers of State appointed to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform:
- Deputy Patrick O’Donovan is Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment;
- Deputy Michael D’Arcy is Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and R...

92. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40797/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Two Ministers of State were appointed at my Department, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. as Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education and John Halligan T.D. as Minister of State with responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development.
There are two Delegation of Functions Orders in place. These Orders were made on 18 July 2017 and are available at www.irishstatutebook.ie website. They have also bee...

109. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40800/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): There are two Ministers of State at my Department, Ciarán Cannon T.D. and Helen McEntee, T.D. Minister Cannon was appointed Minister of State with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development at my Department on 15 June 2017. Minister McEntee was appointed Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs at my Department on 20 June 2017.
The Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No. 2) Ac...

115. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Ministers of State attached to his department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40803/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, Ministers of State are appointed by the Government, on nomination of the Taoiseach.
In accordance with the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1977, the Government may delegate, by way of an Order, to a Minister of State any of the powers and duties of the relevant Minister of the Government under any particular Act or any particular statutory power or duty.  Such orders can be made in cases w...

119. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of Ministers of State attached to her Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by her and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40795/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh T.D. is the only Minister of State currently attached to my Department. Details of the responsibilities delegated by me to Minister of State McHugh are set out in Statutory Instrument No. 315 of 2017, signed by the Taoiseach on 5 July 2017. This Statutory Instrument is available on www.irishstatutebook.ie. 
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139. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40801/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have delegated responsibilities to the three Ministers of State assigned to my Department as follows:
Finian McGrath T.D., Minister of State for Disabilities at my Department, has been delegated responsibility for all legislation, policy and funding relating to the provision of specialist health and personal social services to persons with a disability. The Order S.I. No. 335 of 2017 Health (Delegation of Ministerial Functions)(No. 2) Order 2017 dele...

168. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40791/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): There is one Minister of State attached to my Department.  Minister Andrew Doyle was appointed on 20 June 2017, with special responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture and has been working in my Department since that date. Minister Doyle’s responsibilities include: the implementation of the 2014-2020 Forestry Programme, delivering on the horticulture actions identified in Food Wise 2025, including capital investment f...

172. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40794/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There is one Minister of State attached to my Department.  I have assigned designated powers to Minister of State, Seán Kyne T.D. under Statutory  Instrument No. 314 of 2017, Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2017. The designated functions in question relate to:
- the Natural Resources area including Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Production and Mining...

174. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40807/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): There has been no statutory delegation of functions to Minister of State Brendan Griffin.  The Minister of State’s functions were assigned on an administrative basis. He was allocated general responsibility for sport, with a focus on:
- the Sports Capital Programme;
- the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme;
- engagement with Sport Ireland, National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships in relation to 
- promoting partic...

178. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of Ministers of State attached to her Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by her and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40793/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): There are no Ministers of State assigned to my Department.
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186. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of Ministers of State attached to his Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by him and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40805/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department has one Minister of State, Sean Kyne T.D., who was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with responsibility for natural resources, community affairs and digital development.
An Order designating the functions within my Department which are to be assigned to Minister of State Kyne is currently being draft...

188. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Ministers of State attached to her Department; the responsibilities of each; if designated powers have been signed by her and assigned to the relevant Ministers of State; the date on which each designation was signed; the reason in circumstances in which no such designation has been made, this has not occurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40798/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Government’s authority to delegate powers and duties to Ministers of State is contained in section 2 of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1977. 
On 14 June 2017 Minister Finian McGrath T.D. was reappointed Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability issues. The delegatio...