Parliamentary Affairs

Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provision of support to the Minister, Ministers of State and Secretary General for their attendance at the Committee of Public Accounts, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Select Committees.
  • Co-ordination of briefing material for officials and Ministers attending Senior Officials Group or Cabinet Committee on Health meetings.
  • Circulation of Government Memos received from other Departments on eCabinet.
  • Updating the Department’s central briefing system
  • To support the effective discharge of Parliamentary Affairs (PQs, Topical Issues, Adjournment Debates, Leader’s Notes, Representations)
  • Liaison and co-ordination with the HSE in relation to the timely provision of information for Parliamentary Questions and other Oireachtas business.
  • Monitoring of the HSE's response times to referred Parliamentary Questions and the compilation of statistical data on same.
  • Line responsibility for staff management in the offices of the Minister, Ministers of State, and Secretary General’s office.

Agencies/Service Providers/Working Groups

The Unit works closely with the HSE to ensure timely responses to PQs. See also link below


Useful links

Health Service Executive (HSE): The HSE Parliamentary Affairs Division (PAD) processes PQs and Representations referred by the Minister for Health for direct reply to the Oireachtas member. View PQ Responses here

Section 15, Freedom of Information Act

Agencies/Service Providers/Working Groups: HSE

Legislation: N/A

Classes of Records held: General administrative files, PQs, business plans

Significant Systems N/A

Personal Information Holdings N/A

Notes: N/A

Contact this Unit

Principal Officer Larry O'Reilly
Assistant Principal Officers Paul Howard
Derek McCormack
Telephone: 01 - 635 3127