Day 3 -Departments

In this post I will be discussing the different departments found in ''Mapping The  State'' and their significance. Day 2 can be found here

 

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I am ranking the departments in terms of their importance and proximity to the Taoiseach.

1.Department of Social Protection

Importance is placed on aiding the poor, disadvantaged and unemployed in Irish society through providing financial assistance – social welfare payments. This is likely due to the economic recession of 2008 onward, which saw unemployment rise and thus a rise in numbers on the live register. It’s position may suggest we are a welfare state?

2.Department of Health

Healthcare and the welfare of the Irish citizens is important to the Government to maintain population, prevent losses due to illness.

3.Department of Education & Skills

It’s understandable that this department has such prominence, investing in education is a wise choice to create more of an educated, skilled workforce, and increase opportunities in employment as a result.

4.Department of Finance

A major one.  Budgets are always a massive talking point every year, and rightly so.  Where is our money going

 

5.Department of Justice & Equality

This a worthwhile area of attention. Ensuring victims of crime are well served by the law.

 

6.Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

I suppose this ties in with finance, pouring money into improving public services.

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7.Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht

As a country, it’s good to place a sense of pride in our heritage, upholding the Irish language. But it is furthest away. There are more vital areas to focus on. It is often said there are no jobs in the arts.

8.Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The safety and welfare of children should be high on the list in any country , so it is no surprise  that it is close to the Taoiseach on the map.

 

9.Department of Environment, Community & Local Government

Perfectly understandable where it is on the map, I would’ve put it there too. The environment  alone for me is a no brainer, along with communities and local governments.

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10.Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Developing transport is important, tourism and sport less so. But they’ve been lumped together in one department. Tourism and post are more recreational than serious matters of the country.

11.Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

A good bit away from the Taoiseach, and a small portion of the map. It’s discouraging to see little attention paid to jobs and innovation, important areas to advance the country.

12.Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine

Further away. Conflicted as to it’s position . Agriculture IS important, but so are a lot of  these departments.

 

13.Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

This wouldn’t be something I would have featured prominently on the map either, and I am not too familiar with their work.

 

14.Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

It’s curious that this department has little prominence on the map. One might think it is of significant importance to handle foreign affairs, more than just a tiny portion of the map. But it is close enough to the Taoiseach, right around the corner. It’s small font suggests it’s not a major concern.

 

15.Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht

As a country, it’s good to place a sense of pride in our heritage, upholding the Irish language. But it is furthest away. There are more vital areas to focus on. It is often said there are no jobs in the arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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