12. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to the European Parliament; the meetings he attended; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 3060/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Official Engagements)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 to 18, inclusive, together.
I was honoured to be the first EU Head of Government to be invited to take part in the European Parliament debate series on the future of Europe. My speech to the European Parliament took place in Strasbourg on 17 January. In my intervention, I spoke about the achievements of the European Union, the benefits for Ireland of EU membership, and my thoughts about how best the Union should evolve for the future. I also s...

15. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if his statement to the European Parliament represents the Government’s official position for the forthcoming negotiations for the European Council. (Question 3174/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Official Engagements)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 to 18, inclusive, together.
I was honoured to be the first EU Head of Government to be invited to take part in the European Parliament debate series on the future of Europe. My speech to the European Parliament took place in Strasbourg on 17 January. In my intervention, I spoke about the achievements of the European Union, the benefits for Ireland of EU membership, and my thoughts about how best the Union should evolve for the future. I also s...

17. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the meetings he attended while in Strasbourg; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 3443/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Official Engagements)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 to 18, inclusive, together.
I was honoured to be the first EU Head of Government to be invited to take part in the European Parliament debate series on the future of Europe. My speech to the European Parliament took place in Strasbourg on 17 January. In my intervention, I spoke about the achievements of the European Union, the benefits for Ireland of EU membership, and my thoughts about how best the Union should evolve for the future. I also s...

97. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on his recent address on the economic dialogue conference. (Question 31386/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Official Engagements)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform hosted the National Economic Dialogue on 28 and 29 June 2017 in Dublin Castle. The Dialogue was an opportunity to consider how to make best use of the available resources in the interests of all citizens. The aim was to foster discussion on how best to sustain and strengthen the recovery in the interests of all while taking account of the many competing economic and soci...

6. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the British Prime Minister, Mrs. May, or any EU leader since the horrendous attacks and loss of lives on London Bridge; and if he is setting up a COBRA type committee. (Question 27551/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 9, inclusive, together.
I spoke by phone with the French President, Mr Emmanuel Macron, the Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, and the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, on 15 June, and with Prime Minister Modi of India on 16 June.
In my call with President Macron, we spoke about working together to advance the EU reform agenda, noting that there were many areas of common interest between Ireland and France. We also discussed Br...

12. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his telephone conversation with Prime Minister May following the horrendous bomb attack in the Manchester Arena. (Question 25626/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 12, inclusive, and 14 to 16, inclusive, together.
Former Taoiseach Kenny met with Prince Charles in Government Buildings on 12 May as part of the three day visit by the Prince and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland. 
They discussed various aspects of the Prince’s programme for the visit and the continued strength of the unique and important relationship between our two countries.
My predecessor travelled to London on 19 May f...

83. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has held meetings with Ireland’s religious leaders or orders recently. (Question 13177/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: Like public representatives generally, I meet church leaders informally from time to time in the course of attending official or public events. Last year in particular, with the 1916 commemorations, I attended many events that were also attended by representatives from various religious groups. 
As Taoiseach in the previous Government I met with representatives from the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, the Jewish community, the Islamic community, Atheist Ireland and the Humani...

338. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has contacted the foreign Minister of Mexico recently. (Question 5776/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Official Engagements)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have not personally been in contact with the Foreign Minister of Mexico in recent months, but I can assure you that my Department and representatives at the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico, in particular our Ambassador to Mexico, Ms. Sonja Hyland, regularly interact with our Mexican counterparts, and will continue to engage positively on areas of mutual interest between our two countries.
Bilateral relations between Ireland and Mex...

339. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the contacts he or his Department had with the American Administration following the announcement of the executive order on immigration. (Question 5775/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Official Engagements)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 339, 341 and 345 together.
With regard to the Executive Order signed by President Trump on 27 January, 2017, I made clear in my statement on 29 January last that, while US immigration policy is a matter for the US authorities, it is clear that the recent decision could have far-reaching implications – both on humanitarian grounds and on relations between the US and the global Muslim community. Acc...

341. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he or his officials have written or spoken to the US Administration recently regarding the undocumented Irish in the USA. (Question 7052/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Official Engagements)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 339, 341 and 345 together.
With regard to the Executive Order signed by President Trump on 27 January, 2017, I made clear in my statement on 29 January last that, while US immigration policy is a matter for the US authorities, it is clear that the recent decision could have far-reaching implications – both on humanitarian grounds and on relations between the US and the global Muslim community. Acc...

65. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding his conversation with the UK Prime Minster Ms Theresa May; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26580/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 69, 72 and 78 together.
I met with Prime Minister May on 26 July at which we agreed to work together to build on the continuing strength and closeness of the UK/Ireland relationship.
We discussed the good progress that our two Governments have made in recent years following on from the Joint Statement “British Irish relations – the next decade” which was agreed in 2012. Prime Minister May affirmed the UK Government’s commitment to this compreh...

69. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has formally written to or asked the First Minister, Arlene Foster, about an all-island inquiry into Project Eagle. (Question 26794/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 69, 72 and 78 together.
I met with Prime Minister May on 26 July at which we agreed to work together to build on the continuing strength and closeness of the UK/Ireland relationship.
We discussed the good progress that our two Governments have made in recent years following on from the Joint Statement “British Irish relations – the next decade” which was agreed in 2012. Prime Minister May affirmed the UK Government’s commitment to this compreh...

72. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the formal contacts by him with the UK Prime Minister and political leaders in Scotland and Northern Ireland since 31 July 2016 concerning the issue of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26802/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 69, 72 and 78 together.
I met with Prime Minister May on 26 July at which we agreed to work together to build on the continuing strength and closeness of the UK/Ireland relationship.
We discussed the good progress that our two Governments have made in recent years following on from the Joint Statement “British Irish relations – the next decade” which was agreed in 2012. Prime Minister May affirmed the UK Government’s commitment to this compreh...

78. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he plans to discuss the Dublin-Monaghan bombings with the Prime Minister of the UK. (Question 27021/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 69, 72 and 78 together.
I met with Prime Minister May on 26 July at which we agreed to work together to build on the continuing strength and closeness of the UK/Ireland relationship.
We discussed the good progress that our two Governments have made in recent years following on from the Joint Statement “British Irish relations – the next decade” which was agreed in 2012. Prime Minister May affirmed the UK Government’s commitment to this compreh...

13. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding his address to the United Nations in September 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33971/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 18, inclusive, together.
I made a short visit to the United States on 24 and 25 September. The main focus of the visit was my participation in the United Nations summit on sustainable development. Prior to this, on my arrival in New York on Thursday, 24 September, I travelled with my delegation to Connecticut for a number of engagements, including a visit to Quinnipiac University, on foot of a long-standing invitation from the university’s p...

14. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the bilaterals he had while he attended the United Nations in September 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33973/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 18, inclusive, together.
I made a short visit to the United States on 24 and 25 September. The main focus of the visit was my participation in the United Nations summit on sustainable development. Prior to this, on my arrival in New York on Thursday, 24 September, I travelled with my delegation to Connecticut for a number of engagements, including a visit to Quinnipiac University, on foot of a long-standing invitation from the university’s p...

1. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding his breakfast meeting with the Vice-President of the United States of America, Mr. Joe Biden; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12766/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

2. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding his meeting with the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12767/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

3. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding discussions on the undocumented Irish with the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12768/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

4. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding discussions on Northern Ireland with the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12769/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

5. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding the bilateral meetings he attended while in the United States of America in March 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12770/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

17. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the business leaders he met while in the United States of America in March 2015; if double taxation was discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15196/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

18. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he met groups representing the undocumented Irish while in the United States of America; if progress has been made in relation to the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15199/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

19. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the names of the Senate representatives in the United States of America with whom he met to discuss the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15200/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 20, inclusive, together.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a truly global festival, which presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with political decision makers to advance Irish causes and advocate on their behalf and to focus on our number one priority of job creation by promoting Ireland as a preferred partner for trade and investment, as the home of world-leading products, services and companies and as a high-quality destination f...

2. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding his meeting with the ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40967/14 asked on 10 Feb 2015 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 to 12, inclusive, together.
I have had a number of recent engagements in support of Ireland’s relationship with the United States of America. I met with the new ambassador, Mr. Kevin O’Malley, on Friday, 10 October, in Government Buildings. I welcomed Mr. O’Malley to Ireland and congratulated him on his appointment. The ambassador told me he was looking forward to his term and spoke warmly of the overwhelming welcome and support he had receive...