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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 4 May 1995

Vol. 452 No. 4

Written Answers. - Official Receptions.

Mary O'Rourke


31 Mrs. O'Rourke asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment the number of official receptions hosted since the change of Government on 15 December 1994; the number planned for the remainder of 1995; the events or meetings these receptions mark; and the number and purpose of such receptions during 1994. [7957/95]

I assume the Deputy is referring to official departmental receptions hosted either by myself or the Ministers of State at my Department. Since the change of Government on 15 December 1994, I hosted one official reception for the chairpersons and acting chief executive officers of the 35 city and county enterprise boards which was held on 2 February 1995. The reception preceded the offical launch of the Operational Programme for Local Urban and Rural Development by the Taoiseach on the same day.

Two official receptions are planned for the remainder of 1995. The first will be to mark the second North-South Irish Innovation Lecture which will take place in Dublin Castle on 16 October next. The second will be held on the occasion of a meeting of one of the bodies of the Administrative Council of the European Patents office, which will be held on dates yet to be finalised during the autumn in Dublin.

During 1994, a total of six official receptions were hosted, as follows:—



28 March 1994

Joint Department of Enterprise and Employment-EU

Commission Conference on EU

Social Policy (Hosted by Minister for Labour Affairs)

20 April 1994

Awards to outstanding achievers under the PRISMA Operational Programme (Hosted by Minister for Commerce and Technology)

31 May 1994

34the General Assembly of CENELEC, the European Committee of Electrotechnical Standardisation (Hosted by Minister for Commerce and Technology)

27 June 1994

North-South Irish Innovation Lecture (Co-hosted by Minister for Commerce and Technology and Northern Ireland Minister for Economic Development)

14 July 1994

M.S.F. International Conference (Hosted by Minister for Enterprise and Employment)

21 November 1994

Launch of “Continuity and Change in Irish Employee

Relations” (Hosted by Minister for Labour Affairs)