Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (889)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

1008 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to report on his Department's activities in respect of Ireland's EU Presidency; if he will outline his plans for the next few months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1221/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

Since the commencement of Ireland's EU Presidency, I have already had bilateral meetings in Dublin Castle with the EU Commissioners with responsibility for rural affairs and regional policy. I am also addressing the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Parliament today.

As regards my Department's plans, as I informed the House in 2003 in response to similar questions from Deputies, my Department's activities in respect of Ireland's EU Presidency are as follows: conference on territorial cohesion, formerly islands, Galway, 25 to 27 May 2004; conference on rural development, Westport, 30 and 31 May and 1 June 2004; and meeting of national drugs strategy co-ordinators, Clontarf, 15 June 2004.