Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (118)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

218 Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the priorities of his Department following the recent Cabinet changes; the programme being followed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25716/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

The Department's priorities remain as set out in the programme for Government, the strategy statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs 2003-05 and the commitments in Sustaining Progress.

I am in discussion with senior officials in my Department about priorities for the period ahead. In this regard also, the Public Service Management Act 1997 requires Departments to produce a new strategy statement within six months of the appointment of a new Minister. My Department will begin the preparation of this statement for the period 2005 to 2007 at an early date.