Government Chief Whip
The Government Chief Whip is the Minister of State for the Department of the Taoiseach. He or she is responsible for the organisation and co-ordination of Government business in Dáil Éireann.
The Chief Whip acts as a channel of communication between the Government and the opposition parties.
The Chief Whip is also responsible for making sure that the Government has a voting majority in the Dáil by ensuring that TDs attend Dáil sessions when a vote is being taken. To instruct a TD to attend to vote, he or she can issue a whip.
The Chief Whip has a function in monitoring the progress made by Government departments in preparing legislation. He or she also arranges for the proposed legislation to be considered and debated in the Dáil.