Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (611)

Micheál Martin


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




Ulster-Scots Agency




Waterways Ireland