Ministerial Responsibilities

I wish to notify the House that I have formally assigned responsibility for the Department of Justice to the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Humphreys. As I signalled to the House last month, this assignment arises in the context of the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, taking a period of six months' maternity leave. She will, of course, remain a member of Government without portfolio during that period.

I take this opportunity to wish the Minister, Deputy McEntee, the very best.

We all join with the Taoiseach wholeheartedly in sending the Minister our good wishes.