The Secretaries General of the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are to meet to discuss the most appropriate parts of public health to move to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Former health minister James Reilly is now Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Mr Reilly said there were elements of public health which specifically affect children.

He told the Joint Committee on Health and Children that any changes would not mean a dilution or downgrading of the Department of Health.