Appointment of Minister of State

Before we resume Question Time, the Taoiseach wishes to make an announcement regarding ministerial responsibility.

I wish to announce, for the information of the Dáil, that the Government today assigned Deputy Dara Murphy as Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for data protection. This is in addition to his responsibility for European affairs and data protection at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

May I ask a question, a Cheann Comhairle?

No. The Taoiseach is making an announcement and no debate is allowed.

I wish to make a point of order.

On what basis?

First, I wish the Minister of State, Deputy Dara Murphy, well in his new responsibilities. Second, will his new data protection remit encompass the concerns expressed in regard to Uisce Éireann's use of PPS numbers?

That is not a point of order. I ask the Deputy to resume his seat.