1. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will expand on the announcement made by the Taoiseach regarding the Government’s plans to double Ireland’s global footprint by 2025; the implications for his Department and preparations made for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39915/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Diplomatic Representation)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: The Taoiseach spoke about Ireland’s global footprint to 2025 at an Enterprise Ireland breakfast in Toronto during his visit to Canada in August. I ask the Minister of State to expand on the announcement made by the Taoiseach about the Government’s plan to double Ireland’s footprint, to outline the implications for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and to elaborate on the preparations that have been made for same. In particular, has preparatory work been carrie...

2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of Article 50 negotiations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39914/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: I ask the Minister of State to update the House on the status of the Article 50 negotiations which are ongoing. What progress has been made and in what areas? What challenges still present in terms of issues that relate to Ireland?
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3. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if contingency plans are in place across all Departments for a no deal or disorderly exit scenario following Brexit negotiations and following the publication of the National Risk Assessment 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39917/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - National Risk Assessment)

Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly: The Minister of State will be aware that the National Risk Assessment 2017 was recently published. One of the material risks it identified for this State is not only Brexit but a disorderly Brexit and a risk of no deal. What contingency plans does the Government have in place across any or all of the Departments specifically to deal with a no deal or disorderly exit of the UK from the EU?
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4. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on whether stronger measures should be taken against the Myanmar Government in view of the violence and discrimination carried out against the Rohingya people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39963/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Paul Murphy: Does the Minister agree that the Government should make a very strong statement of condemnation of the genocidal violence by the Myanmar Government against the Rohingya ethnic minority? Does she agree with the growing calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of the Nobel peace prize and of the freedom of Dublin city?
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5. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the use of detention centres in Libya to address the migrant issue. (Question 40014/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan: My question relates to the detention centres in Libya. I seek the Minister of State’s views on these centres being used to address the migrant issue.
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6. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has received reports from the embassy and the consulate in Barcelona regarding the upcoming referendum on Catalan independence; if he has raised this issue with the Spanish authorities or at a European Union level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39779/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Catalan Referendum)

Deputy Paul Murphy: Will the Government condemn what can only be described as Francoist repression on the part of the Spanish state against the people of Catalonia where there has been an effective occupation by the Spanish state police with the arrest of upwards of 20 government officials, the seizure of ballot boxes, ballot papers and more than 100,000 elections posters, the opening of post and the effective suspension of Catalan regional autonomy the other day?
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7. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he plans to visit countries in receipt of Irish development aid. (Question 31437/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Helen McEntee): I can confirm that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade plans to visit the Horn of Africa region in early November where he will meet with national political leaders and the heads of regional organisations such as the Africa Union. Ireland maintains strong political, economic and development ties through our Embassies in Ethiopia and Kenya. These will be further enhanced by the Minister’s visit. Dur...

8. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the need for the British Government to release the papers and files pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974 as requested in Dáil Éireann motions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39853/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Dublin-Monaghan Bombings)

Deputy Brendan Smith: After Dáil debates to which I contributed, with many other Members, in 2008, 2011 and 2016, we unanimously approved motions calling on the British Government to release all files and papers pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. There were many tragic days during that era on our island known as the Troubles, but on that day the carnage in Dublin and Monaghan resulted in the deaths of 34 people and injuries to 300 others, for which nobody has been brought to justic...

9. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to raise with the British Foreign Secretary the need for the British Government to release the papers and files pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974 as requested in Dáil Éireann motions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39854/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Dublin-Monaghan Bombings)

Deputy Brendan Smith: After Dáil debates to which I contributed, with many other Members, in 2008, 2011 and 2016, we unanimously approved motions calling on the British Government to release all files and papers pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. There were many tragic days during that era on our island known as the Troubles, but on that day the carnage in Dublin and Monaghan resulted in the deaths of 34 people and injuries to 300 others, for which nobody has been brought to justic...

10. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps he has taken and contact he has had with the Israeli ambassador in relation to the organised and pre-prepared deportation of four persons (details supplied) from Israel on 9 September 2017. (Question 39694/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Humanitarian Access)

Deputy Clare Daly: After midnight on 9 September, 37 people, most of whom were Irish citizens, landed in Tel Aviv for a week-long trip to the West Bank. It was a trip that some of them had been making for over a decade. By 5.30 a.m. that morning, four of those people - Elaine Daly, Stephen McCloskey, Joan Nolan and Fidelma Bonass - had been deported on spurious grounds of preventing illegal immigration and a danger to public safety. That is an outrage and I ask what the Department of Foreign ...

11. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when the report on human rights and business will be launched; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39824/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan: With the Ceann Comhairle’s indulgence, I would like to speak on the previous question because I met that group and was with it for a few days. Other members of the group, some of them young students, who were interrogated by the immigration authorities in Tel Aviv airport were traumatised by the way the immigration authorities spoke to them.
My question is to establish when the report on human rights in business will be launched.
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12. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on representations that he has made to secure the release of a person (details supplied) who is awaiting a verdict in their trial in Egypt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39778/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Paul Murphy: Justice delayed is justice denied which is the case for Ibrahim Halawa. It is, however, fair to say that many people in this country and around the world were delighted that his campaign was vindicated, he was found not guilty earlier this week. Unfortunately, of the 500 or so involved with him in the mass trial, up to 300 were jailed for varying lengths of time. My question is to know what the Government’s plans are to get Ibrahim home as soon as possible.
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13. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made to address situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39705/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

(Deputy Helen McEntee): The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister of State with responsibility for the diaspora and international development are acutely aware of the very understandable concerns which exist among members of the Irish community in the US in light of recent developments.
The changed political landscape in the US has resulted in a renewed focus on the plight of the many millions of undocumented people living in the US, including thousands of Irish citizens. The G...

15. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has been in contact with President al-Sisi with regard to the continued detainment of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39874/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Paul Murphy: Justice delayed is justice denied which is the case for Ibrahim Halawa. It is, however, fair to say that many people in this country and around the world were delighted that his campaign was vindicated, he was found not guilty earlier this week. Unfortunately, of the 500 or so involved with him in the mass trial, up to 300 were jailed for varying lengths of time. My question is to know what the Government’s plans are to get Ibrahim home as soon as possible.
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16. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar; the action he plans to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis; and his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi. (Question 39696/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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17. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the recent human rights violations of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar; and if Ireland will condemn these actions. (Question 39832/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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18. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made at international and EU level to end the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar; the efforts made to protect the Rohingya people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39702/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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19. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps he is taking to ensure that after Brexit, Irish citizens do not lose the right to have family members of non Irish origin living with them in Northern Ireland and in the rest of the UK. (Question 31464/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Protecting the existing family reunification rights under EU law of EU citizens residing in the UK at the date of entry into force of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement is one of the key issues that has been identified by the EU within the context of its wider objective of safeguarding the rights and entitlements of EU citizens resident in the UK. Irish citizens resident in the UK – whether in Northern Ireland or Great Britain – are amon...

20. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to a number of recent judicial rulings in Belfast High Court that have highlighted the disclosure and non-disclosure processes on legacy issues operated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI); if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that these include cases involving Irish citizens and attacks here; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the judgments illustrate the level of frustration evident within the Judiciary that have been wrestling with these issues for two decades; his views on their concerns and the deep frustrations of the families of victims; if he has raised the issue with his British counterpart; and the steps is he taking to ensure that the British government fully implement the Stormont House Agreement mechanisms. (Question 39767/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Northern Ireland)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Dealing with long-outstanding issues relating to the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland are of the utmost importance to the Government. The Programme for a Partnership Government makes specific reference to the Government’s commitment to the establishment of the legacy framework provided for under the Stormont House Agreement, with the needs of victims and survivors at the core of the approach. These legacy institutions inclu...

21. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has been in contact with his counterparts in Europe to condemn the treatment of the Rohingya people in Myanmar; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39875/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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22. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has contacted Ms Aung San Suu Kyi and the Government of Myanmar to protest at the treatment of the Rohingya people of Myanmar; if he will request an immediate cessation of the attacks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39699/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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24. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on conditions experienced by refugees in Libya; the steps being made by the EU to ensure that their co-operation with Libyan authorities does not infringe on the human rights of refugees and those seeking asylum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39704/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Humanitarian Aid)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I strongly condemn all human rights violations and abuses against refugees and migrants, both in Libya and along the Central Mediterranean Route. I am aware of reports of appalling conditions currently faced by migrants and refugees in Libya. The security situation in Libya is fragile, which exacerbates the situation for migrants on the ground. The government has only partial control of the territory, which limits the capacity of the...

25. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the violence that is being inflicted on the Rohingya minority in Myanmar; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the UN and NGOs have documented massive human rights abuses and that the violence is likely to constitute ethnic cleansing; if he will speak out against this ethnic cleansing; and if Ireland is providing assistance to Rohingya refugees who have fled over the border to Bangladesh. (Question 39766/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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26. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans in place to tackle the challenges many economic sectors and regions face with Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39769/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney is involved in coordinating the whole-of-Government response to the significant challenges that arise for Ireland within the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, including for many of our economic sectors and regions. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government who have policy respon...

27. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has raised concerns over the ongoing bombing campaign in Yemen with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia; his views on whether Ireland’s growing trade relations with Saudi Arabia could be interpreted as tacit support of the Saudi led war, in view of Ireland’s stated policy of neutrality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39698/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Foreign Conflicts)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I have been monitoring the situation Yemen with great concern, in particular in recent months as the humanitarian situation has reached crisis point. The war has entered into its third year, efforts to broker peace have not made any significant progress and fighting continues with increasingly devastating consequences for the civilian population. In addition, the country is on the brink of famine and suffering a major cholera outbrea...