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Department of the Taoiseach Annual Report 2006


A Message from the Taoiseach

This is the second report on progress made in achieving the priorities outlined in my Department’s Strategy Statement 2005-2007.  Throughout 2006, my Department has continued to work with other Departments and agencies to ensure an integrated approach to delivering the Government’s agenda, and to ensuring that policies are translated into effective service delivery.

The highlights of 2006 include:  the successful negotiation of the St Andrews Agreement on the next steps for Northern Ireland; ongoing engagement at EU and international level to promote national objectives in the context of multi-national agreed agendas; the development of a comprehensive Strategic Framework for Social Inclusion; the successful agreement of Towards 2016, the ten-year Framework Social Partner Agreement 2006-2015; the announcement of a package of initiatives to give further impetus to the public service modernisation programme, including a major system-wide review of the Irish Public Service by the OECD; and continued measures to promote eInclusion.

These achievements show the ongoing commitment of the staff in my Department to achieving high-quality results, and to carrying out the Department’s mission of supporting me and my Government in fulfilling our responsibilities.

Bertie Ahern, TD