Protocol and General Division
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 functions including Inward visits from Heads of State or Government. The Division is the point of contact between the President and Government Departments. Protocol Division also has responsibility for Arts and Culture issues within the framework of the Cabinet Committee on Arts, Irish, Gaeltacht and the Islands.
Other functions of the Division include keeping the printed text of the Constitution up to date, assisting in the implementation of the Government's legislation programme and the Programme of Oireachtas Reform. In addition the Division also 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 and the Moriarty Tribunal.
The Taoiseach established a Working Group on Seanad Reform in December 2014. The principal focus of the working group was on possible reforms of the Seanad Electoral system within the existing constitutional parameters. The Working Group also explored ways of reforming Seanad Éireann generally and the manner in which it carries out its business. The Group examined these issues also within existing Constitutional parameters. The Group published its Report in April 2015 and it 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.
The Division keeps the printed text of the National Flag Guidelines up to date.
Following a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government, a Resolution approving the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly was passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas in July 2016. The Assembly is chaired by a Supreme Court Judge, Ms Justice Laffoy and it operates independently of Government. Further information on the Citizens' Assembly is available at www.citizensassembly.ie.
Contact: Protocol & General Division