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Implementation of the Strategy Statement 1998-2001



This Report sets out the main achievements of the Department of the Taoiseach during 2000 and the progress made against the key priorities outlined in our Strategy Statement. 

Significant areas of progress in 2000 included:

  • the ongoing work of implementing the Good Friday Agreement, building a peaceful future for all the people of Ireland, and of these islands
  • the successful negotiation of theProgramme for Prosperity and Fairness, representing a re-affirmation by the Government and the social partners of the strategy that has underpinned our recent economic success
  • the launch of theNational Development Planwhich will provide the basis for Irelands future success. 

In addition, the Department continued its essential work in providing the Secretariat to the Government and support to the Taoiseach. 

We believe that this annual report illustrates the breadth and quality of the contribution made by the Department and its officials in addressing a range of important national priorities.

Often, this work takes place in the background, supporting the Taoiseach and the Government, as well as providing a service to public representatives, the social partners, the media and, most importantly, the citizens. This is as it should be. The publication of this reportaffords an opportunity to recognise the commitment, hard work and dedication of the Departments staff and we would like to thank them for all of their efforts. 

In particular, we would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Paddy Teahon, former Secretary General, and Frank Murray, former Secretary General to the Government, both of whom retired from the Department during 2000 following many years service. 

We hope that readers find this report informative. We would welcome any comments on how we might improve future reports, or indeed on any aspect of the service we provide to the public. 

Dermot McCarthy

Dermot Gallagher 

Dermot McCarthy was Secretary General to the Government from 22 January 2000and on 6 July 2001 he was appointed Secretary General of the Department.

Dermot Gallagher was Secretary General of the Department from 1 May 2000 to 6 July 2001,when he took up appointment as Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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