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:
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:
Senator McDowell's letter to the Taoiseach which accompanied the Report is also available to download below:
Minutes of group meetings can be accessed here
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.