5. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on discussions held on the 28 November 2012 of the North/South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh on tourism and Tourism Ireland Limited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57752/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - North-South Ministerial Council)

(Deputy Michael Ring): I attended the 13th meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council in tourism sectoral format in Armagh on 28 November. The Northern Ireland Executive was represented by Ms Arlene Foster, MLA, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, MLA, Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Tourism Ireland’s chairman, vice chairman and chief executive officer also attended.  
The meeting provided a good opportunity to discuss tourism performance for the ...

371. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the type and frequency of North South engagement his Department undertakes; the current priorities in this area; the number of whole time equivalent staff assigned to these matters; the grades involved and the amount of time each grade spends on North South Activities as a proportion of their WTE employment; the co-ordination arrangements that have been put in place; if there are any current vacancies in North South Co-operation unites; the duration of this vacancy and the steps being taken to fill the vacancy. (Question 48543/12 asked on 06 Nov 2012 - North-South Ministerial Council)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): My Department’s North/South Co-operation Unit is responsible for the co-ordination and development of co-operation and common action in education between both parts of the island of Ireland, in the context of the Good Friday Agreement. The principal function of the Unit is to take forward this co-operation through the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC) and to co-ordinate and develop, within that framework, common policies in the four ...