Extract from speech by the Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen, TD, Dáil Éireann, Nomination of Members of Government, 23rd March, 2010
The revised Programme for Government sets out the priority objectives to be pursued over the period ahead. It contains a clear agenda for change and delivery across all Departments, including those which are not affected by the re-configuration which I am announcing today. All have their role to play. In this regard, I want to refer specifically to the important role to be played by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport not only in the vital area of tourism policy and performance, but in realising the full potential of our strong performance and reputation in the area of arts and culture, and ensuring that the creative industries play their full part in the vital task of economic renewal. The Tourism and hospitality industry employs over 200,000 people and brings in over €6 billion in revenue to this country every year. We want to significantly grow this business. In order to secure better synergy with related activities, I am transferring responsibility for the horse and greyhound racing industries to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Mary Hanafin TD (Dun Laoghaire) appointed new Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Read about Mary Hanifan here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hanafin