Written answers

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Department of An Taoiseach

Parliamentary Questions

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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11. To ask the Taoiseach the details of policy format and organisational process by which the groupings for Taoiseach oral parliamentary questions are decided within his Department. [30124/20]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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The grouping of parliamentary questions for reply is a routine administrative process carried out by officials in Government Departments, including mine. As the Deputy will appreciate, it is frequently the case that Members ask similar or identical questions on a given policy area or topic. These questions are generally grouped together for reply in order to ensure that as many questions as possible can be addressed in the time available and also to reduce the need for undue repetition.

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