Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Ceisteanna (80)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

80. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Taoiseach the number of Cabinet committees that exist; the areas they cover; and the dates each committee has met in 2019. [22208/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The Government has established seven Cabinet Committees.

Cabinet Committee A covers issues relating to the Economy. This includes jobs, the labour market, competitiveness, productivity, the Action Plan on Rural Development, the digital economy, and pensions.

Cabinet Committee B covers Social Policy and Public Services including education, children, social inclusion, Irish language, arts and culture, and continued improvements and reform of public services.

Cabinet Committee C covers EU and international issues including Brexit.

Cabinet Committee D works to ensure a co-ordinated approach in the areas of infrastructure investment and delivery, housing and climate action.

Cabinet Committee E covers issues relating to health including delivery of health service reforms.

Cabinet Committee F works to keep the State's systems for the analysis of, preparation for, and response to, threats to national security under review and provides high-level coordination between relevant Departments and agencies on related matters.

Cabinet Committee G provides political oversight of developments in relation to justice and equality issues, including implementation of the Government's programme of reform for the justice sector.

I have chaired three Cabinet Committee meetings in 2019. Cabinet Committee D met on 31 January, Committee B on 21 February and Committee F on 1 April. Cabinet Committee D is scheduled to meet again on 27 May and Cabinet Committee G is due to meet on 10 June.

In addition to meetings of Cabinet Committees, I often meet with Ministers on an individual basis to focus on particular issues, which are also regularly discussed at full Government meetings.