5. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the work of the National Economic and Social Council; and the status of the intended reforms of the NESC. (Question 50383/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 and 6 together.
The National Economic and Social Council has played an important role over many decades in developing shared understanding between Government and other stakeholders on economic and social policy and, more recently, on sustainable development. Over the coming years, Ireland faces into a period of significant change at home and abroad that will present some new and exceptional challenges. The Programme for a Partnership Government...

6. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his Department’s work with the National Economic and Social Council. (Question 51718/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 and 6 together.
The National Economic and Social Council has played an important role over many decades in developing shared understanding between Government and other stakeholders on economic and social policy and, more recently, on sustainable development. Over the coming years, Ireland faces into a period of significant change at home and abroad that will present some new and exceptional challenges. The Programme for a Partnership Government...

16. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if will report on his interactions to date with the National Economic and Social Council, NESC; if he will further report on his plans for changes to the NESC; and his plans for the organisation’s new priorities or instructions. (Question 49174/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: A new National Economic and Social Council (NESC) was appointed in May. The Council has changed the way it works with fewer plenary meetings, greater use of working or project groups, and more structured engagements with key policy actors, interests, and commentators. 
The NESC has played an important role over many decades in developing shared understanding between Government and other stakeholders on economic and social policy and, more recently, sustainable development. 
Over...

76. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach when the vacancies on the National Economic and Social Council will be filled. (Question 44165/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I appoint members to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) in accordance with the provisions of the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006. The legislation provides for nominations from five sectors - business and employer, ICTU, farming and agricultural, community and voluntary, and environmental. I also appoint up to 6 public servants and 8 independent members.
All appointments to the Council with the exception of a small number of independent memb...

107. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach the membership of the National Economic and Social Council; the vacancies on the council; and when he expects to fill those vacancies. (Question 33521/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: Appointments to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) are in accordance with the provisions of the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006, and the National Economic and Social Council (Alteration of Composition) Order 2010 - SI 603/2010. 
The legislation provides for nominations from five sectors - business and employer, ICTU, farming and agricultural, community and voluntary, environmental; public servants; and independent members. 
The members are: ...

10. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the National Economic and Social Council and the work programme under way. (Question 23086/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together.
I have appointed a new National Economic and Social Council, NESC. The new council will meet on 24 May and I expect that it will discuss its work programme and working methods at that meeting. It is a matter for the council to agree its own working arrangements.
The council’s remit is to analyse and report on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and sustainable development. I am keen that ...

11. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach when the intended reforms of the National Economic and Social Council will become effective. (Question 23091/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together.
I have appointed a new National Economic and Social Council, NESC. The new council will meet on 24 May and I expect that it will discuss its work programme and working methods at that meeting. It is a matter for the council to agree its own working arrangements.
The council’s remit is to analyse and report on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and sustainable development. I am keen that ...

12. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the National Economic and Social Council and the work programme under way. (Question 24016/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together.
I have appointed a new National Economic and Social Council, NESC. The new council will meet on 24 May and I expect that it will discuss its work programme and working methods at that meeting. It is a matter for the council to agree its own working arrangements.
The council’s remit is to analyse and report on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and sustainable development. I am keen that ...

13. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach when the next meeting of the National Economic and Social Council will take place. (Question 24358/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together.
I have appointed a new National Economic and Social Council, NESC. The new council will meet on 24 May and I expect that it will discuss its work programme and working methods at that meeting. It is a matter for the council to agree its own working arrangements.
The council’s remit is to analyse and report on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and sustainable development. I am keen that ...

14. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach the status of his commitment in his Department’s statement of strategy regarding a better society and the work being done with the National Economic and Social Council with regard to having an input into the development of economic and social policy. (Question 24361/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together.
I have appointed a new National Economic and Social Council, NESC. The new council will meet on 24 May and I expect that it will discuss its work programme and working methods at that meeting. It is a matter for the council to agree its own working arrangements.
The council’s remit is to analyse and report on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and sustainable development. I am keen that ...

1. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when he will appoint a new National Economic and Social Council. (Question 33719/16 asked on 16 Nov 2016 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.
I last appointed the council in 2011 and the five-year term has expired. At the moment my Department is assessing the arrangements that will work best for a new council. As part of the considerations, the Secretary General of my Department wrote to all the members of the outgoing council on 14 October last, seeking views and suggestions on the future role and work programme of a council in advance of a plenary discussion schedul...

2. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach his plans to provide instructions to the National Economic and Social Council; and the detail of the subjects. (Question 33720/16 asked on 16 Nov 2016 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.
I last appointed the council in 2011 and the five-year term has expired. At the moment my Department is assessing the arrangements that will work best for a new council. As part of the considerations, the Secretary General of my Department wrote to all the members of the outgoing council on 14 October last, seeking views and suggestions on the future role and work programme of a council in advance of a plenary discussion schedul...