Tuesday, 20 March 2007
Enda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
I am sure the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Seán Power, has looked into the future too and can see that the end is nigh. Who are these Deputies and how often does the principal officer discuss current affairs and other matters with them?
The Taoiseach's office is the most important in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Following Seachtain na Gaeilge does the Taoiseach's Department offer any assistance to a Deputy who wishes to have correspondence about the Taoiseach's Department or business translated into Irish? Many people would like to try to do this but do not have the capacity to do so. This may be a matter for the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, for which the Ceann Comhairle is responsible.