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[Oireachtas] Dáil Éireann debate. Question 1360 – Departmental communications [Alcohol] [14299/24]. (09 Apr 2024)

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1360. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason the Secretary General of his Department met with an alcohol industry representative body (details supplied); the discussions that took place at this meeting; the reason this was not disclosed in an FOI request; the reason no minutes were kept; to provide any available records of this meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14299/24]

Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Health: The Secretary General met informally with a Director of IBEC on September 21st last at their request to discuss issues of concern to his members. Given that the meeting was informal no minute of the meeting was kept.

Subsequent to the meeting, the representative wrote to the Secretary General seeking an ongoing process for engagement with the Department of Health. The Secretary General noted the correspondence. The correspondence was forwarded internally to the relevant unit and no further action was taken by the Secretary General or Department officials. The IBEC representative also sent a follow up email seeking an update on the letter which was forwarded to the unit. No action was taken by the unit or any other official of the Department.

All FOI requests in relation to this meeting have been answered accurately and in accordance with the act. https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2024-04-09/1360/#pq_1360

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