Written Answers - Departmental Documentation.

Wednesday, 5 May 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 584 No. 6

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  91.  Ms Enright  Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if staff at his Department are engaged in the preparation or production of documentation, briefing materials, information, booklets, statistics or other information for the use of a specific political party or individual candidates in the local or European Parliament elections; if such documentation, briefing notes, information, booklets, statistics or other information has [1578]already been disseminated from the Department. [12838/04]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Cowen): Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Staff in my Department are not engaged in the preparation or production of documentation, briefing materials, information, booklets, statistics or other information for the use of a specific political party or individual candidates in the local or European Parliament elections. In response to requests and queries, my Department provides material to members of the public, including public representatives of all parties and Independents, on an ongoing basis across the [1579]range of policy areas for which my Department has responsibility. Dealing with these requests generally involves provision of material which is already a matter of public record whether through answers to parliamentary questions, press releases, speeches or existing briefing material.


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