Written answers

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Department of An Taoiseach

Data Protection

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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114. To ask the Taoiseach if he has considered the way the Minister of State with special responsibility for European affairs and data protection at his Department will exercise his very specific responsibility for data protection issues in view of the fact that the Minister of State with special responsibility for European affairs and data protection has not been assigned as a Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality,which is the Department that primarily deals with data protection legislation; his plans for the Minister of State at his Department with special responsibility for European affairs and data protection to attend meetings of the justice and home affairs council dealing with data protection matters, including the forthcoming general data protection regulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37390/14]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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116. To ask the Taoiseach if the Minister of State with special responsibility for European affairs and data protection at his Department will exercise responsibility for data protection in view of the fact that he has not been assigned as a Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, which is the Department responsible for data protection legislation; if he proposes to revisit this appointment in view of this confusion, particularly in view of the continuing discussions at the justice and home affairs council of the European Union on the proposed EU general data protection regulation, which is of major importance to Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37664/14]

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 and 116 together.

The Minister of State for European Affairs with special responsibility for data protection is being assigned to the Department of Justice and Equality and will attend Justice and Home Affairs Councils as appropriate.

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