Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (65)

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

62 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when responsibility for the establishment of a press council or press ombudsman was handed over by her to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7999/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

The programme for Government, An Agreed Programme for Government, contains a commitment relating to the reform of the libel laws in the context of a statutory press council. Official responsibility for action to implement that commitment is a matter for my colleague, the Minister of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, and that has been the position since the formation of the Government.