102. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he or officials in his Department met the British Minister for the Cabinet Office, Mr. David Lidington, when he visited Dublin. (Question 19620/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I met with UK Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington, during his visit to Dublin in April. As the Minister for the Cabinet Office often deputises for the Prime Minister, it is appropriate for me to routinely meet Minister Lidington to discuss issues of importance to both Governments. 
Although the Minister for the Cabinet Office does not have lead responsibility for Brexit, his visit to Dublin, and subseque...

498. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has recently met persons (details supplied) in regard to the tragic death of their son. (Question 16809/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In answer to the Deputy’s question, I have not recently met the persons referred to in his question but I have met them in the past. I have immense sympathy for the family in this tragic case. 
As the Deputy is aware, a number of complaints made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission by members of the family are the subject of investigation by GSOC. 
I can inform the Deputy that GSOC has now completed its criminal investigation in...

68. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on his meeting with the shadow chancellor in London on 5 March 2018; the issues that were discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11923/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My meeting with Shadow Chancellor McDonnell on 5 March provided an opportunity to engage constructively on the strong relationship between our countries, the importance of trade between the two economies, and on the many areas of common interest shared by Ireland and the UK. 
In our discussion I explained to the Shadow Chancellor that the Irish Government fully respects the unity of the EU27 during negotiations and emphasised to the Shadow Chancello...

69. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on his meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Philip Hammond, in London on 5 March 2018; the issues that were discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11924/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My meeting with Chancellor Hammond on 5 March provided an opportunity to engage constructively on the strong relationship between our countries, the importance of trade between the two economies, and on the many areas of common interest shared by Ireland and the UK. 
In our discussion I reiterated to the Chancellor that the Irish Government fully respects the unity of the EU27 during negotiations and emphasised to the Chancellor the importance our G...

507. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the meetings he held in respect of the Rugby World Cup bid. (Question 41380/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I have had a number of meetings over the last year to progress Ireland’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.  I am glad to say that the outcome has been the submission of a compelling bid to World Rugby.  
Most recently, on 25 September, together with An Taoiseach, I led the delegation presenting a world class proposition to host the Rugby World Cup tournament on the island of Ireland in 2023.  The delegation also included Dick ...

437. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health his plans to meet the head of a programme (details supplied) in the UK when they visit Dublin in October 2017 to deliver an address on e-cigarettes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39422/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I have not had a formal meeting request to meet with the head of a programme in the UK on this occasion.
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487. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his meeting in August 2017 with Secretary of State Brokenshire; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37815/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I met with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 22 August in Dublin to discuss the best way forward for the Irish and British Governments to support the formation of a new Executive for Northern Ireland in the period ahead, consistent with our responsibilities as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement.
In our discussion we reaffirmed both Governments’ determination to see the devolved institutions of the Good Friday Agr...

150. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met the trade unions or employer organisations recently. (Question 33012/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The primary point of contact with representatives of trade unions and employer organisations is through the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF). The LEEF meets  on a quarterly basis with Government represented by the then Minister for Finance, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation. Other Ministers attend depending on the issue and the Taoiseach chairs one meeting a ...

20. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he discussed immigration and border security with the British Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May, when they met on 30 January 2017. (Question 5772/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 21 together.
I had a very good meeting with Prime Minister May when she was in Dublin on 30 January. At the meeting and in our press conference after it, we both repeated our desire to keep the Common Travel Area arrangements in place and agreed to continue working together to this end. We also discussed the necessity of ensuring the continued free flow of trade on the island and I made clear to the Prime Minister that in my view any reint...

187. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met ICTU recently. (Question 38482/16 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In the context of the Labour Court Recommendations on Garda pay, and the potential wider implications for the Lansdowne Road Agreement, I met with representatives from ICTU on the 7th of November to listen to their views and inform considerations on these matters by Government.  
 Officials from my Department met with the Public Service Committee of ICTU under the framework provided by Section 6 of the Lansdowne Road Agreement...

347. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the diplomatic contacts and-or bilateral he has arranged or meetings he has attended to highlight the plight of civilians in Aleppo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30368/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council yesterday, at which the crisis in Aleppo was discussed in depth. I also discussed the situation in Syria and Aleppo in my meetings with EU and other international partners at the UN last month, as well as with UN Secretary-General Ban.
From the outset of the Syrian conflict, Ireland has been clear that we believe that this is a crisis of political legitimacy and that only a political solu...

67. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he has written to or spoken to President Juncker since the ruling on a company (details supplied) on 30 August 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27951/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I have not had any formal meetings or correspondence with President Juncker on the Apple case since it was announced that the Commission had concluded their single investigation in Ireland and had issued a negative decision in the Apple State Aid case on 30 August 2016.  
The investigation was a priority matter for the State.  Over the course of the three year investigation, detailed and comprehensive responses were provided to the Commission demonst...

83. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance the issues discussed at his meeting with Chancellor Hammond in London on 22 September 2016; if any actions will be taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27939/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I met with the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer in London on 22 September 2016.   
At this meeting, I set out the key issues for Ireland arising from the UK referendum on EU membership, while fully respecting the agreement at EU level that there will be no negotiations until the UK has triggered Article 50. 
The key issues for Ireland have been articulated on numerous occasions by me and other members of the Government and relate to the close economic ...

177. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has recently met the Garda Representative Association; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20291/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): While I have not formally met with the Garda Representative Association officials of my Department have participated in all discussions with the Association on the issue of the Lansdowne Road Agreement alongside those of the Department of Justice & Equality.
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329. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has met with the Campaign to Raise Awareness of Collusion, CRAC; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19064/16 asked on 05 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Officials in my Department have recently undertaken a round of consultation meetings with various victims’ groups connected to the Troubles in Northern Ireland to discuss the establishment of the Stormont House legacy framework. As part of this work, officials met with more than 20 victims’ groups who represent those affected by the Troubles. These included groups from both sides of the community within Northern Ireland, as well...

347. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his contacts with the Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Binali Yildirim, in recent months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14513/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): While neither I nor other members of the Government have yet had an opportunity to meet with Binali Yildirim, who was appointed Prime Minister on 22 May, his predecessor, Ahmet Davutoðlu was present at the most recent European Council, which the Taoiseach also attended on 18 March.
Ireland regards Turkey as an important partner, both bilaterally and as a candidate country for membership of the EU. I would like to take this opport...

719. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the names of the persons who attended a meeting with him and with Cerberus; the date and venue it was held; the issues that were discussed; the actions, if any, that were taken; whether minutes were taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34523/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Owing to the scope of my remit as Minister, I receive representations, including requests for meetings, from a wide range of parties, such as public representatives, local and voluntary groups and private individuals and organisations . In that context I received a request to meet with Mr Dan Quayle , former Vice-President of the United States and Chairman of Cerberus Capital Management. The meeting , which last...

1433. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a list of the 28 organisations he met, as outlined in a recent response to a parliamentary question (details supplied); if he will also list the 58 organisations mentioned that requested meetings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31213/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Owing to the scope of my remit as Minister, I receive representations, including requests for meetings, from a wide range of parties, such as public representatives, local and voluntary groups and private individuals and organisations. In response to Question No. 219 of 2 July, I set out, to the extent that it was possible to collate such information, that I had received 56 meeting requests from such groups and tha...

42. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings she has received from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups; the number of meetings she has held with these groups; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26706/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): As the Deputy will appreciate, in view of the range of my remit as Minister I receive representations, including requests for meetings from a broad range of sources, including members of the Oireachtas, local and voluntary groups and private individuals and companies.
I meet with a wide number of groups and organisations in the normal course of my duties both informally and formally. While my Office does not maintain a register o...

62. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings he has received from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups; the number of meetings he has held with these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26700/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): As the Deputy will appreciate, in view of the range of my remit as Minister of Finance I receive a large volume of representations, including requests for meetings from a broad range of sources, including members of the Oireachtas, local and voluntary groups and private individuals and companies.
As my Office does not maintain a central register of all such requests for meetings or invitations received I am not in a position to provide a response to ...

89. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings he has received from private, external, non-State-funded lobby groups; the number of meetings he has held with these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26705/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): As the Deputy will appreciate, in view of the range of my remit as Minister I receive representations, including requests for meetings from a broad range of sources, including members of the Oireachtas, local and voluntary groups and private individuals and companies.
While my Office does not maintain a register of all such requests for meetings or invitations received, I can advise the Deputy that during 2014 I have attended so...

107. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings he has received from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups; the number of meetings he has held with these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26703/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I understand that the Deputy is seeking information in relation to meetings sought or held since January 2014. I further understand that the Deputy is referring to any non-State funded bodies when he uses the term “private external lobby groups” and this would comprehend Chambers of Commerce, IBEC, ICTU and many others. In these contexts, records show the following data as requested by the Deputy for the period January 2014...

111. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings he has received from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups; the number of meetings he has held with these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26693/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): As the Deputy will appreciate, in view of the range of my remit as Minister, I receive representations, including requests for meetings from a broad range of sources, including members of the Oireachtas, local and voluntary groups, private individuals, companies and representative associations. While my Office does not maintain a register of all such requests for meetings or invitations received, I can advise the Deputy that ...

119. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings he has received from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups; the number of meetings he has held with these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26697/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I have received no requests for meetings from private, external, non-State funded lobby groups in my capacity as Minister for Defence.
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122. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide, in tabular form, the number of requests for meetings she has received from private, external, non-State-funded lobby groups; the number of meetings she has held with these groups; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26704/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, in view of the range of my remit as Minister I receive representations, including requests for meetings from a broad range of sources, including members of the Oireachtas, local and voluntary groups and private individuals and companies.
While my Office does not maintain a register of all such requests for meetings or invitations received, I can advise the Deputy that the information sought is being co...