Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Questions (79)

Niall Collins


79. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the newspapers his Department officials have engaged with in relation to promoting or explaining Government business in his Department; when these meetings took place; if they are held on a regular basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10294/18]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

My Department engages with a wide range of Irish and international media publications and outlets on a daily basis. The purpose of this engagement is to assist with queries submitted by the media concerned and as necessary, to provide relevant background information that assists with understanding of and reporting on the work of my Department and Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad in support of Irish foreign policy priorities as set by Government.

The engagement most regularly occurs via email and telephone contact, with occasional in-person meetings and briefings also taking place from time to time.