Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (261)

Lisa Chambers


261. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of meetings he has attended since the beginning of September 2018 with his officials to discuss and prepare for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3604/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Overall responsibility for Brexit matters within my Department is vested in the Management Board both collectively and individually on a sectoral basis. The Coordination and oversight of analyses and planning is assigned at Principal Officer Level to the Policy and EU Division of the Department while the Tourism Marketing Policy and Impact Assessment Division oversee the tourism impacts.

A Departmental Brexit Committee, comprising the Heads of Function of all relevant Divisions and sectors, is established and meets monthly. Its role is to ensure a cohesive and informed approach to identifying, planning and acting on Brexit issues across all areas of the Department.  Each Head of Function is responsible for liaising with their respective State Bodies in identifying the implications and preparing for Brexit

I meet with Management Board members, Heads of Functions, and other officials on a day-to-day basis on all matters which fall under the remit of the Department, including either specifically on Brexit actions and planning as they arise or generally as part of wider discussions. I also discuss issues including Brexit with officials by phone where required and also receive written briefings on specific issues or Brexit issues generally.  It would not be possible to quantify this level of interaction.