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Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Joan Burton: It is recognised, and the Taoiseach acknowledged it himself on television, that he is very keen on social media. Some have interpreted this as his being obsessed with spin and social media rather than real content. The sum of €500,000 is quite a lot to spend on videos. We know of some of the videos. The cost of the Project Ireland 2040 video is indicated as being €146,000....

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Pearse Doherty: I thank the Taoiseach for his response. I want to ask about a separate angle. There is a message on the Department's website stating it will soon move to an online portal for Government services. When will this be completed? When will other Departments move to that portal? On a separate matter, a number of weeks ago the Taoiseach said the Minister, Deputy Bruton, was seeking legal advice...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Leo Varadkar: My view is that video is a very good means by which to communicate. I notice Members of the House are using video and screenshots from the Chamber more and more on Facebook, YouTube and other social networks to get messages out to their constituents as to what they are actually doing to represent them in the House. It is a good thing they are doing this because it is a good means by which...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Micheál Martin: The general point I am making is valid.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Leo Varadkar: It is good that the public should know a little bit about what the Government's foreign policy is and how their money is being spent-----

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Micheál Martin: That is not what the video does.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Leo Varadkar: -----whether it is through our involvement in the United Nations, peacekeeping efforts or international development. I guarantee the House it is much more important to me that we concern ourselves with the substance of that. There is a €110 million increase in the budget for international development next year, which is more than many people called for. It is a significant increase....

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Micheál Martin: That was not the purpose of the video. It was the promotion of your good self.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Leo Varadkar: At least those who do agree with it as a policy are aware of it and they can form a view on it. It is not something that should be just buried away in a budget lying somewhere. We should tell the public how their money is being spent and what work the Government is doing on their behalf. If they choose to be supportive of it that is their choice. If they choose to be against what we are...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 2018)

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Ceisteanna - Questions: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 2018)

Micheál Martin: 5. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with the grand secretary of the Orange Lodge; and the issues that were discussed. [50475/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 2018)

Mary Lou McDonald: 6. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with the Orange Order. [50555/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 2018)

Brendan Howlin: 7. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with the Orange Order. [52099/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 2018)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 7, inclusive, together. I was pleased to welcome the grand secretary of the Orange Order, Reverend Mervyn Gibson, and a delegation of Orange Order members from south of the Border to Government Buildings on 26 November. The Minister of State with responsibility for European Affairs, Deputy Helen McEntee, also attended the meeting. We discussed...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 2018)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Taoiseach for his reply. I welcome the meeting. He is aware a process of systematically reaching out to the Orange Order has been in place for more than 20 years, including during periods when Orange Order marches were a dramatic source of tension in many more areas than they are today, thankfully.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Departmental Communications

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Michael Moynihan: 2. To ask the Taoiseach the social media costs in his Department. [50454/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Joan Burton: 3. To ask the Taoiseach if he has updated his Department’s policy with respect to social media. [50554/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Mary Lou McDonald: 4. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his Department’s social media policy. [51726/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2018)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 to 4, inclusive, together. It is important to communicate across a variety of platforms, including social media, to ensure transparency and clarity for all citizens. The Government Information Service is now required to provide a 24/7 service to media organisations, on all topics of public interest, and with short response times. It is also required to...

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