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Organisation Information

Protocol and General Division

Published: 23 November 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The Protocol and General Division of the Department of the Taoiseach has responsibility for State Protocol, including protocol for the Taoiseach and Ministers of State. This involves the organisation of State and official events including Commemorations, Inward visits from Heads of State or Government. The Division is the point of contact between the President and Government Departments. It also has responsibility for Arts and Culture issues in particular in relation to the Creative Ireland Initiative. The Division supports the work of Cabinet Committee F (National Security), the Inter-Departmental Senior Officials Group and Chairs the Interdepartmental Group on Security of Ireland’s Electoral Process and Disinformation.

The Division also maintains the printed text of the Constitution up to date, and liaises on administrative matters with the State’s Legal Offices:

  • Office of the Attorney General;
  • Chief State Solicitor's Office;
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and
  • the Law Reform Commission.

Seanad Reform

The Government established the Seanad Reform Implementation Group (SRIG) in May 2018. The Group under the Chairmanship of Senator Michael McDowell published its report and draft Bill on the implementation of the recommendations of the Manning Report in December 2018.

You can download copies of the Report and Bill and Manning Report below:

Seanad Reform Report and Bill

Seanad Reform Report and Bill - published 20 December 2018


Manning Report (2015)


Senator McDowell's letter to the Taoiseach which accompanied the Report is also available to download below:

Seanad Reform Letter to An Taoiseach

Seanad Reform Letter to An Taoiseach from Senator Michael McDowell


Minutes of group meetings can be accessed here

All submissions received by the Working Group on Seanad Reform can be located here.

Moriarty Tribunal

The Moriarty Tribunal was established in October, 1997. It published its First Report in December 2006 and its Second (Final) Report in March 2011. The Division has Departmental oversight for the Moriarty Tribunal and liaises with the Tribunal in relation to administrative matters.

Structural Dialogue Process between the State, Faith Communities, Philosophical and non Confessional Bodies

The Division provides the Secretariat for the process of structured dialogue between the State, the churches, faith communities and non-confessional bodies.

Protocol and General Division
Email: protocol@taoiseach.gov.ie