Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ceisteanna (105, 106, 107)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

105. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Taoiseach the number of vacancies in his Department for Brexit-related roles; and the expected date for these roles to be filled. [39074/17]

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Joan Burton

Ceist:

106. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if there is a senior official with designated responsibility for Brexit matters in his Department; if so, the grade of the designated official; the funding allocated to the Brexit unit; the cost to date; and the anticipated cost. [39079/17]

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Joan Burton

Ceist:

107. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach the number of staff deployed full-time in his Department in respect of Brexit; and if there is a designated section or unit to deal with Brexit. [39080/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 105 to 107, inclusive, together.

My Department is keen to ensure that Brexit is treated as a cross-cutting issue and one of the new Cabinet Committees which I have established will deal specifically with EU issues and the Brexit negotiations.

Within my Department, the International, EU and Northern Ireland Division handles issues relating to the European Union and British-Irish and Northern Ireland Affairs, including providing support to the new Cabinet Committee.

I have, separately, appointed Simon Coveney as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, with special responsibility for Brexit.

This International, EU and Northern Ireland Division in my Department is headed by a Second Secretary General. The staff resources vary from time to time but currently amount to approximately 25 full-time equivalent posts across the full range of policy areas.

The Economic Division of my Department leads in respect of the domestic policy impacts of Brexit, in the context of overall economic policy coordination.

There is no dedicated budget for Brexit in my Department. Any such expenditure incurred by my Department is covered by the Department's overall administrative budget.