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MAC Minutes 2018

Published: 25 July 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

MAC Minutes Q1 2018

Monday, 09 January 2018



Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Eamonn Molloy, Elizabeth Canavan, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.



Also in attendance: John Concannon



MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • The finalisation of the Department's revised Strategy Statement 2017 - 2020;
  • 2018 Business Planning process to be completed by 31 January 2018;
  • The Department's end December 2017 Vote position;
  • The Financial Management Shared Service Project;
  • A range of other policy initiatives for delivery in 2018, including

- the abortion referendum;

- the political situation in Northern Ireland;

- the Taoiseach's upcoming visit to Davos;

- the publication of the NDP/NPF (Project 2040);

- the next phase of Brexit negotiations;

- ongoing issues and reforms in the health and justice sectors;

- the Taoiseach's upcoming visit to the US and especially the meeting with President Trump;

- pensions policy;

- ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;

- waiting lists (in the short term);

- housing;

- climate change;

- economic risks.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Kate Flinter promoted to Assistant Principal and assigned to Economic Division;
  • Nicola Mahony, new entrant Executive Officer (ICT), assigned to IT Unit, Corporate Affairs Division;
  • Deirdre Treacy, new entrant Communications & Media Assistant, assigned to the Strategic Communications Unit;
  • Eileen Hearne, Principal Officer (on secondment from the National Shared Services Office), assigned to the Strategic Communications Unit.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 22 January 2018


Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Eamonn Molloy, Elizabeth Canavan, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan.


Apologies: Teresa Doolan.


MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Developments in Northern Ireland;
  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • The National Planning Framework / National Development Plan;
  • Review of outcomes from Cabinet Committees G and A, and preparations for upcoming Cabinet Committee meetings;
  • Preparations for the MAC / Principal Officer meeting scheduled for later that day;
  • 2018 Business Planning Process (to be completed by end January 2018).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues.

Mary Keenan, Head of Corporate Affairs


Monday, 29 January 2018


Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon



Apologies: Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro.




MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • The Taoiseach's visit to Davos last week;
  • Developments in Northern Ireland;
  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • The 8th Amendment;
  • The National Development Plan;
  • Reform in the Justice Sector;
  • Seanad Reform and the Taoiseach's address to the Seanad later this week;
  • Preparations for upcoming meetings of Cabinet Committees D (Infrastructure) and C (European Union including Brexit);
  • The Department's Strategy Statement;
  • 2018 Business Planning Process (to be completed by Wednesday 31st January 2018);
  • Performance Management (PMDS and LEADS).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Claire Hayes Curtin promoted to Assistant Principal and assigned to Economic Division;
  • Nóirín Ní Earcáin promoted to Assistant Principal and assigned temporarily to International, EU and Northern Ireland Division.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 19 February 2018


Present: Martin Fraser, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Helen Blake, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon

Apologies: John Callinan, Philip Hamell.



MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Developments in Northern Ireland;
  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • The National Development Plan and National Planning Framework (Project Ireland 2040);
  • The proposed Referendum on the 8th Amendment;
  • Pensions Road Map;
  • Reform in the Justice Sector;
  • Reform in the Health Sector;
  • The upcoming meeting of the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF);
  • The Department's end January Vote position;
  • Divisional Business Plans;
  • Performance Management (PMDS and LEADS).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Eileen Geraghty, Higher Executive Officer, assigned to Information and Records Management Unit;
  • Stephanie Harris promoted to Assistant Principal (Open panel) and assigned temporarily to Corporate Affairs Division;
  • Katie Archer promoted to Executive Officer (Interdepartmental panel) and assigned temporarily to the Strategic Communications Unit;
  • Paul Spring, new entrant Assistant Principal (Open panel), assigned to Corporate Affairs Division as Head of ICT.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 26 February 2018



Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon



Apologies: Philip Hamell.



MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • The proposed Referendum on the 8th Amendment;
  • Pensions Road Map;
  • Meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group that morning;
  • Preparations for the Quarterly Staff Meeting later that day; and
  • Performance Management (PMDS and LEADS).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Christopher Cleary, new entrant Clerical Officer, assigned to International, EU and Northern Ireland Division;
  • Sarah Garry, Higher Executive Officer (Interdepartmental panel), assigned to Economic Division;
  • Tanya Ganly, Higher Executive Officer, assigned as Secretary to the Change Implementation Group (CIG) for the Department of Justice & Equality;
  • Aisling Lynam, Administrative Officer, assigned to the Programme for Government Office.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 05 March 2018



Present: Martin Fraser, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.


Also in attendance: John Concannon


Apologies: John Callinan, Philip Hamell.




MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Emergency Planning;
  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • Developments in Northern Ireland;
  • The proposed Referendum on the 8th Amendment;
  • Reform in the Health Sector;
  • Reform in the Justice Sector;
  • Preparations for the Taoiseach's upcoming visit to the US; and
  • Performance Management (PMDS and LEADS).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Niall Hayes, Higher Executive Officer (Interdepartmental panel), assigned to Finance Unit, Corporate Affairs Division;
  • Stephen Moran, new entrant Clerical Officer, assigned to Finance Unit, Corporate Affairs Division.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer



Monday, 26 March 2018



Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan.

Apologies: Teresa Doolan.


Also in attendance:John Concannon



MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit, EU-Russia relations and the outcome of the recent meeting of the European Council;
  • The proposed Referendum on the 8th Amendment;
  • Justice issues;
  • National Reform Programme;
  • The Review of the Strategic Communications Unit;
  • Preparations for the Commemoration to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Rising;
  • Preparations for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland from 25-26 August for the World *Meeting of Families;
  • Performance Management (PMDS and LEADS);
  • The Department's participation in the IMI/30% Club Cross-Company Mentoring Programme;
  • Preparations for the Taoiseach's appearance before the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach;
  • The Department's February 2018 Vote Position.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Iain Campbell promoted to Higher Executive Officer (internal panel) and assigned to HR Unit, Corporate Affairs Division;
  • Jack Lowry, new entrant Clerical Officer, assigned to HR Unit, Corporate Affairs Division.

Mary Keenan, Head of Corporate Affairs

MAC Minutes Q2 2018

Monday, 09 April 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Preparations for the National Risk Assessment 2018 Seminar taking place on Thursday;
  • Preparations for meeting of Cabinet Committee E (Health) later this week;
  • Preparations for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland from 25-26 August for the World Meeting of Families;
  • The recently published results of the 2017 Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey which are positive for the civil service as a whole and for this Department;
  • Compliance rate (98%) for 2017 Performance Management in this Department;
  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • Developments in Northern Ireland.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Janet Doyle, Clerical Officer, assigned to Information and Records Management Unit;
  • Amanda Reilly, Higher Executive Officer, assigned to Protocol and General Division;
  • Emily Whelton, Assistant Principal, assigned to Economic Division.

MAC extended condolences to the family and friends of Frank Murray R.I.P., former Secretary General to the Government (1993-2000) who passed away on 31st March.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 23rd April 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • Justice Reform;
  • Health Reform;
  • The Department's end March Vote position;
  • The 2018 Willing, Able and Mentoring (WAM) Programme;
  • Performance Management.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Implementation of the new arrangements for the SCU and transition to a reformed Government Information Service;
  • Responsibility for Justice Reform is being assigned to Elizabeth Canavan's Division;
  • John Shaw's Division will give greater focus to the economic aspects of Brexit in the coming year;
  • Síle DeBurca, Assistant Principal Officer, assigned to Protocol & General Division to work on Seanad Reform.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 14th May 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon

Apologies: John Callinan

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Developments in the EU, including on Brexit;
  • The Department's end April Vote position;
  • The Civil Service Excellence & Innovation Awards;
  • The Department's preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Elaine O'Carroll promoted to Executive Officer (Interdepartmental panel) and assigned temporarily to the Taoiseach's Private Office;
  • Carol Woodley Byrne promoted to Higher Executive Officer (Internal panel) and assigned to EU Section;
  • Sarah Burke promoted to Higher Executive Officer (Interdepartmental panel) and assigned to EU Section;
  • Nigel Clarke, new entrant Principal Officer (Open panel), assigned to EU Section;
  • Catherine Rogan, Executive Officer, assigned to the Effectiveness & Renewal Group for the Department of Justice & Equality;
  • Dermot McAuley, Executive Officer, assigned to Social Policy & Public Service Reform Division;
  • Elizabeth Lyne, Administrative Officer, assigned to Protocol & General Division

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 21st May 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth

Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon

Apologies: Andrew Munro, Helen Blake

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • The Global Footprint;
  • Brexit;
  • Forthcoming visit of the Belgian Prime Minister;
  • Housing;
  • Reform of the Health and Justice Sectors;
  • Draft National Risk Assessment;
  • Programme for a Partnership Government 2018 Annual Report which was approved by Government;
  • Publication of the NESC Report - Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland's Broken System;
  • The Department's preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Christina Downey promoted to Higher Executive Officer (Interdepartmental panel) and assigned temporarily to International, EU & Northern Ireland Division.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 28th May 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth

Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa

Doolan.

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • The Global Footprint;
  • Brexit;
  • Reform of the Health and Justice Sectors;
  • Launch of Project Ireland 2040 funds;
  • Housing;
  • Preparations for meeting of Cabinet Committee B (Social Policy and Public Services) this week;
  • The recent meeting of Departmental Council.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Amy Mulligan, new entrant Administrative Officer (IGEES), assigned to

Economic Division.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 18th June 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth Canavan, Eamonn

Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa Doolan.

Apologies: John Callinan

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey (CSEES) results for the Department;
  • Proposed changes to access arrangements in Government Buildings;
  • Preparations for meeting of Cabinet Committee C (European Union, including Brexit);
  • Developments in Northern Ireland and preparations for the British Irish Council later this week;
  • The Summer Economic Statement;
  • Successful launch of Global Ireland - Ireland's Global Footprint to 2025;
  • Training for Managers on the Underperformance Policy and Disciplinary Code;
  • Roll-out of the Unified Government Identity;
  • The Department's end May Vote position.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Dionne Redmond, Executive Officer, assigned to Human Resources Unit, Corporate Affairs Division;
  • Elaine O'Carroll, Executive Officer, assigned to Office of the Government Chief Whip;
  • Christina Downey, Higher Executive Officer, assigned to Human Resources Unit, Corporate Affairs Division;
  • John Murray, new entrant Clerical Officer, assigned to Protocol & General Division.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer

Monday, 25th June 2018

Present: Martin Fraser, John Callinan, Philip Hamell, John Shaw, Elizabeth

Canavan, Eamonn Molloy, Andrew Munro, Helen Blake, Mary Keenan, Teresa

Doolan.

Also in attendance: John Concannon

MAC discussed a number of issues, including:

  • Brexit and the recent visit of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier;
  • State Reception in Dublin Castle to mark the 25th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality;
  • State Ceremony in Dublin Castle to mark the 60th anniversary of Irish participation in the United Nations;
  • Preparations for the visit of IMF Director, Christine Lagarde, later today;
  • Developments in Northern Ireland;
  • Preparations for the European Council later this week;
  • 2017 Annual Report of the Department's Audit Committee; and
  • The Civil Service Excellence & Innovation Awards.

MAC also discussed a number of staffing issues and noted the following:

  • Stephen Kennedy, Clerical Officer, assigned to Finance Unit, Corporate Affairs Division;
  • Anne Whelan, new entrant Clerical Officer, assigned to the Taoiseach's Private Office.

Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer