Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach

Minister Of State At The Department Of The Taoiseach

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach

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The Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, officially styled as the Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Defence with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip, is the Chief Whip of the Government of Ireland and is the most senior Minister of State. The role of the Whip is primarily that of the disciplinarian for all government parties, that is to ensure that all deputies, including ministers, attend for Dáil Business and follow the government line on all issues. The current Government Chief Whip is Paul Kehoe, TD.

Overview

The main responsibilities of the Chief Whip include:

Attendance at Government meetings

The Chief Whip is normally the only Minister of State to attend Government meetings, but does have a vote.

Preparation of weekly brief for Taoiseach on legislation in preparation

Before each Dáil Session letters are sent to all Ministers to see what legislation or other business their Department expects to place before the Dáil. A weekly report on what stage Bills are at is given to the Taoiseach. During the Order of Business the Taoiseach is often queried about what legislation is promised. The weekly report shows what Bills are promised and gives an expected date of publication of the Bill.

Scheduling and monitoring of Dáil business

Once a Bill has been published and is placed on the Dáil Order Paper the staff in the Whip's Office keep in touch with Minister's Private Secretaries about when they wish to have their...
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