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489. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress made by the national disability stakeholders monitoring group in establishing Departmental consultation committees; the Departments that have established a committee; when each committee last met; and plans to meet again. [20111/15]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin): Responsibility for coordinating policy on disability lies with my Department, however, the implementation of policy including the establishing of Consultation Committees is a matter for each individual Department and my Department is not involved in arrangements for meetings of such committees under the aegis of other Departments. I can however inform the House that I have recently appointed a new Disability Stakeholders Group to replace the group whose mandate had expired at end-2014. Arrangements are currently underway to establish a Consultative Committee in my own Department, which will meet as soon as the Disability Stakeholders Group have their inaugural meeting and select their representatives for the Justice and Equality Consultative Committee.