Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (231)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

231. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff in his Department assigned solely or primarily to work on North-South issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21269/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

My Department's Brexit/EU/North South Unit has primary responsibility for North-South issues across the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It is comprised of six staff, along with an attaché based in the Permanent Representation in Brussels. The Unit is responsible for the EU-funded PEACE and INTERREG programmes and for matters relating to the North South Ministerial Council. It also coordinates with other areas of the Department dealing with North-South issues, particularly in relation to the North-South Implementation Bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement.