Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (313)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

442 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the plans his Department has to promote Ireland's EU Presidency with the Irish public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2803/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

My Department promotes public awareness of its own role in the Presidency through the Irish Presidency websiteeu2004.ie which contains a section dedicated to justice and home affairs matters. Public awareness is also facilitated through press releases and ongoing contacts with the media.

The Government views the promotion of Ireland's European Union Presidency as a important priority which forms part of its wider commitment to communicating information about the European Union to the Irish public. A number of initiatives are being undertaken by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs with the aim of raising public awareness of Ireland's European Union Presidency and related developments more generally. My Department will continue to contribute to these initiatives, as appropriate.