Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (611)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

611. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of staff in her Department assigned solely or primarily to work on North-South issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21260/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

I am advised that six members of staff in my Department work solely or primarily on North-South issues, which comprises four staff members in Rannóg Fhorais Teanga and two staff working with Waterways Ireland.

My Department continues to participate in inter-Departmental preparations for Brexit and has established an internal Working Group to address all Brexit related issues affecting the Department and the State Bodies it funds. The Department also has a full time dedicated attaché to Ireland’s Permanent Representation in Brussels. This officer is a member of the Department’s Brexit Working Group. These arrangements are kept under review and will be enhanced as required.

My Department also has a number of North-South Agencies under its aegis.

The following is a breakdown of staff in those North-South Agencies;

North-South Agency

Total Staff No.

Northern Staff

Southern Staff

Foras na Gaeilge

56

7

49

Ulster-Scots Agency

13

11

2

Waterways Ireland

305

80

225