Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (391)

Charlie O'Connor

Ceist:

521 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 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. [2795/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

First, I wish to confirm the information I have already given to the House on a number of occasions during the past year in response to questions concerning my Department's plans to contribute to the promotion of Ireland's Presidency of the EU,viz., that our programme comprises the following events: a conference on territorial Cohesion (formerly islands) in Galway on 25 to 27 May 2004; a conference on rural development in Westport on 30 and 31 May and 1 June 2004; and a meeting of national drugs strategy co-ordinators in Clontarf on 15 June 2004.

Second, these events will be promoted with the public, through e-Government initially and, additionally, by media briefings. They are already included in the events listed on the central Irish Presidency website,www.eu2004.ie, which can also be accessed via my Department's website, www.pobail.ie. More detailed information in regard to them will be put up on my Department's website in the coming months. In addition, my address to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Parliament on 27 January last has been posted on my Department's website.