12. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the purpose of the presence of three Royal Navy patrol and training ships in Haulbowline on 27 and 28 March 2018. (Question 20411/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question relates to the presence of three British Royal Navy patrol and training ships in Haulbowline in March. It is part of a thread of visits involving vessels from foreign navies, including NATO warships. We had a visit from HMS Illustrious, an Invincible class aircraft carried which was involved in the Iraq war, and, in 2016, a flotilla of NATO warships was present during the centenary celebration for the 1916 Rising, which was quite ironic. Why are we allowing Ir...

134. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 20 of 7 May 2014, about the USS Leyte Gulf cruiser being docked in Cobh, if the ship was searched; and if not, how does he know it was not armed. (Question 21709/14 asked on 14 May 2014 - Visits of Foreign Naval Vessels)

The Taoiseach: I can confirm that the ship in question was not searched. As outlined in the answer provided to the Parliamentary Question referred to, foreign naval vessels are granted permission to visit Irish ports on condition that assurances have been received from the Embassy of the country concerned that they meet the necessary policy conditions, which require that the vessels are not carrying nuclear weapons and are not engaged in a naval exercise. 
The principle of sovereign immunity a...