The Department`s key roles and functions are:
Telecommunications market fully liberalised; now moving to position Ireland at the forefront of Internet developments and driving the e-commerce agenda. There is a large-scale programme to roll-out broad band around the country.
Beginning regulatory and market reform, addressing needs of national Post Office network.
Creating an environment which encourages the establishment and maintenance of high quality Irish radio and television services.
Liberalising the electricity market, restructuring the ESB, addressing infrastructure and capacity needs.
Commitment to peat fired power, new investment, assured viability for Bord na Mona.
Opening up the gas market, developing new supply capacity, extending the network.
Advancing the creation of an all-Ireland energy market.
Improving and intensifying energy conservation and efficiency, increasing the proportion of energy generated from alternative resources, minimising greenhouse gas emissions in line with commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
MARINE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Supporting and facilitating the availability of efficient and competitive maritime transport and port services including emergency response services, and the development of a competitive Irish flagged shipping sector.
Supporting the sustainable management, development and contribution of Irelands marine territory, seafood sector, inland fisheries and marine tourism and leisure.
Promoting minerals and hydrocarbons exploration and development for the optimum benefit of the Irish economy, consistent with the highest standards of safety and environmental protection.
Delivery of legislation to underpin functions of Loughs Agency FCILC.
Supporting the sustainable and environmentally friendly development of the forestry sector including the development of Coillte.
Supporting and facilitating the development of the marine and natural resources sectors by promoting effective research, technology, development and innovation.