Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (484)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

484. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment 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. [21259/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

As the Deputy is aware, the energy sector is a diverse one and so the energy units of my Department are configured based on specific areas of  activity, e.g. regulation, efficiency, etc. Departments are configured differently in different jurisdictions and officials engage with Northern Ireland  officials on a case by case basis, having regard to the matter at hand. This means having a specific North-South division or official would not be the most efficient use of resources and so each unit liaises directly with their Northern Irish counterparts as required.