Data protection ministry lost in Pat Breen’s vast portfolio

Concern for data privacy helps lure firms to Ireland and Leo Varadkar move is damaging

Pat Breen’s amalgamated portfolio suggests the Government is failing to understand the need to focus on data protection.

Pat Breen’s amalgamated portfolio suggests the Government is failing to understand the need to focus on data protection.

Take a deep breath. Minister of State Pat Breen now has a formal job title that is a gasp-inducing 43 words long (44 if you decide to say “European Union” rather than “EU”). It is so lengthy that it also needs six embedded commas. 

Deputy Breen is now officially – ready? – Minister of State across the Departments of Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Employment and Social Protection, the Department of the Taoiseach, and the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection (helpful hint: the commas may be used as handy indicators for when to inhale).

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