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Rural Affairs Department will have no remit for 8 weeks – Tóibín

18 May, 2016

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín has learned that the new Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & Gaeltacht will not know its full remit, will not fully function nor will it have its staff for another 8 weeks, just before the summer recess.

Speaking today at the debate on the Irish Language, Deputy Tóibín said:

“After waiting for a government for 70 days, we have the crazy situation that the new Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht does not know what she is in charge of, nor will she for weeks yet. She will not have the necessary staff in place for another 8 weeks which mean that the department will not be able to fully function.

“This has the effect of preventing TDs from fulfilling their responsibilities in these important areas. Parliamentary Questions in their entirety will be prevented. Oireachtas Committee meetings will not be able to comprehensively function.

“The delay on setting up the department means that it will be September, 6 months after the election before TDs are fully able to deal with these pivotal areas.” 

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