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Annual Report of the Department of the Taoiseach 2004


A Message from the Taoiseach

The demands of the EU Presidency present a significant challenge to any Member State, large or small, and its success required the mobilisation of the entire Civil Service - including my Department - during 2004. Agreement on the European Constitution, the formal accession of ten new member states, efforts to revitalise the European economy and the EU’s external relations, particularly the strengthening of transatlantic relations, were numbered among the successes of Ireland’s EU Presidency – successes which would not have been possible without collaborative effort.

My Department’s staff have worked closely with other stakeholders during 2004 in order to achieve our objectives. The results are outlined in this second report on progress in respect of the key priorities outlined in our Strategy Statement 2003-2005. These include the launch of the first e-Cabinet system in the world; completion of the Mid-Term Review of Part Two of Sustaining Progress; economic and social policy developments, particularly progress on disability and infrastructural issues; and the continued efforts regarding the Peace Process. Without a continued commitment to delivering quality results by each person who works in the Department, these achievements would not have been possible.

Bertie Ahern, T.D.