Wednesday, 11 March 1998
Dáil Éireann Debate
113. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the guidelines, if any, his Department has issued internally or to any agency or body in relation to the use of the national flag and the European flag. [6595/98]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): Arrangements are made annually for the flying of the national flag on particular days throughout the year and these are communicated to my Department by the Department of the Taoiseach. Advice is also received by my Department on the flying of the national flag in accordance with the booklet, An Bhratach Náisiúnta, published by the Government Publications Sales Office.
In accordance with this annual practice, my Department, on 13 February 1998 received a request from the Department of the Taoiseach to arrange for the flying of the national flag on the following specific occasions during 1998 from buildings under my Department's control, equipped with a permanent flagpole.
My Department is also informed by the Department of the Taoiseach on occasions when it is considered appropriate to fly the National Flag at half mast. My Department was requested by the European Commission to fly the European flag on Europe Day — 9 May — and I am making arrangements to have this complied with.
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