Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (1)

Christopher O'Sullivan

Question:

1. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Taoiseach the main policy initiatives undertaken by his Department since 27 June 2020; and his main priorities for 2021. [2184/21]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

Following its formation, the Government established ten Cabinet committees reflecting the full range of policy areas it will work on during its lifetime, and which are set out in the programme for Government. Cabinet committees meet regularly to help formulate and implement Government policy particularly where cross-government collaboration is critical.

Alongside the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations and planning for Brexit, other measures progressed to date involving my Department, include the launch of the work of the Shared Island unit and the new €500m Shared Island Fund; the launch of the July job stimulus package; the establishment of the Social Dialogue unit in my Department; the programme of 19 bills enacted during the Autumn Oireachtas session; and the publication of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

The Legislative Programme for the forthcoming Oireachtas session was published last week by the Government Chief Whip and contains 32 bills for publication and prioritisation which will see the continued delivery of the commitments outlined in the Programme for Government.

My Department will continue in 2021 to support the whole of government response to COVID-19, including the work of the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination, respond to issues arising as a result of Brexit and advance other priority issues in the areas of economic recovery, health, housing and climate change.