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Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 42.  Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Information on Eamon Gilmore Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  the number of agencies, authorities, boards, committees, workings groups, tribunals, council services, task forces, agencies, or other quangos set up by him since February 2011; the number abolished since then; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7528/12]

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): Information on Eamon Gilmore Zoom on Eamon Gilmore Since February 2011, the Export Trade Council and the Standing Committee on Holocaust Education, Research and Remembrance have been established in my Department. The Export Trade Council which subsumes the previous Foreign Trade Council held its first meeting on 29th September 2011. The objective of the Council is to strengthen cooperation and coordination across all key Departments and State Agencies involved in promotion and development of trade and exports as well as overseeing the progressive implementation of the recommendations set out in the Government’s Trade Strategy and Action Plan, Trading and Investing in a Smart Economy.

[121]In line with the commitment in the Programme for Government, the private sector is represented on the Export Trade Council. All Council members serve on a voluntary basis and without remuneration. Private sector participants include representatives of IBEC and the Irish Exporters Association as well as a number of individuals from private sector companies with a track record in the export sector.

In January 2012, I approved the formation of a Standing Committee on Holocaust Education, Research and Remembrance. The purpose of the Committee is to provide a mechanism to help coordinate Holocaust education, research and remembrance activities in Ireland, and Ireland’s engagement with the International Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, an organisation Ireland joined in December 2011. The Standing Committee on Holocaust Education, Research and Remembrance consists of representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and Skills, the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration of the Department of Justice and Equality, Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, the Irish Jewish Museum, and academia.

The term of office of members of the Committee is two years. Members of the Committee are not remunerated for participation in the Committee.


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