10. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he met the DUP and Sinn Féin leaders when he visited Northern Ireland on 30 April 2018; and the issues they discussed. (Question 19987/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 11, inclusive, together.
On the afternoon of 30 April, I travelled to Northern Ireland following my attendance at the fourth plenary meeting of the all-island civic dialogue in Dundalk.
I had a number of different engagements during my visit, which was part of my efforts and those of the Government to stay engaged with all parts of society in Northern Ireland.
My first engagement was a visit to New-Bridge integrated college in Loughbrickland. ...

8. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if Prime Minister May outlined her views on a workable backstop when he last spoke with her. (Question 19989/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, together.
I had a short meeting with Prime Minister May in the margins of the European Council on 23 March during which we discussed the latest developments in relation to Brexit, Northern Ireland and Russia.
On Brexit, I welcomed her Government’s commitment to ensuring the backstop forms part of the withdrawal agreement, and looked forward to progress on this and on the other options before the European Council in June. I expe...

93. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he held meetings while attending the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 19619/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 94 together.
I delivered an address on the Future of Europe at the Catholic University of Leuven as part of its Wilfried Martens series of lectures. This is an annual event, with previous speakers including Commission President Juncker and former German Finance Minister Schauble. The event was live-streamed and the text of my speech is available online. 
My speech covered the many achievements of the European Union, the benefits for Irelan...

94. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his speech in Leuven. (Question 19621/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 94 together.
I delivered an address on the Future of Europe at the Catholic University of Leuven as part of its Wilfried Martens series of lectures. This is an annual event, with previous speakers including Commission President Juncker and former German Finance Minister Schauble. The event was live-streamed and the text of my speech is available online. 
My speech covered the many achievements of the European Union, the benefits for Irelan...

95. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach when he last spoke to Prime Minister May; if the framework for the future relationship was discussed; and if she spoke regarding the backstop outlined in the December 2017 agreement and the way in which she referenced same in her speech in the Mansion House, London recently. (Question 19622/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I had a short meeting with Prime Minister May in the margins of the European Council on 23 March during which we discussed the latest developments in relation to Brexit, Northern Ireland and Russia.
On Brexit, I welcomed her government’s commitment to ensuring the backstop forms part of the Withdrawal Agreement, and looked forward to progress on this and on the other options before the European Council in June. I also conveyed to her my outrage at the attack in Salisbury. 
This w...

96. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he met the Commissioner, Mr. Phil Hogan, when he was in Dublin addressing Seanad Éireann; and if so, the issues that were discussed. (Question 19623/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I had a private meeting with the Commissioner on the evening Wednesday, 25 April. We had an exchange of views on a range of issues, including Brexit, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the new Multiannual Financial Framework.
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11. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Chancellor Merkel; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 13927/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 17, inclusive, together.
I travelled to Berlin on 20 March for a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of my strategic engagement with our European partners. We discussed preparations for the March European Council, including Brexit, trade, Economic and Monetary Union, EMU, and the tax challenges of digitalisation. I also took the opportunity to congratulate the Chancellor on her recent re-election for the fourth time. 
O...

8. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with President Trump and the issues that were discussed. (Question 12802/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 16, inclusive, together. The questions take up three pages.
 My St. Patrick’s Day programme ran from 11 to 17 March, during which time I visited Texas, Oklahoma, Washington DC and New York. I had courtesy calls with Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, and Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, in both cases discussing the deepening of links between the US and their respective states and Ireland. I visited the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma, to thank ...

12. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the responses he received when he discussed the undocumented Irish with President Trump and other politicians when he was in the USA for the St. Patrick’s week celebrations. (Question 13928/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 16, inclusive, together. The questions take up three pages.
 My St. Patrick’s Day programme ran from 11 to 17 March, during which time I visited Texas, Oklahoma, Washington DC and New York. I had courtesy calls with Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, and Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, in both cases discussing the deepening of links between the US and their respective states and Ireland. I visited the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma, to thank ...

13. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he had discussions with President Trump on Brexit. (Question 13929/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 16, inclusive, together. The questions take up three pages.
 My St. Patrick’s Day programme ran from 11 to 17 March, during which time I visited Texas, Oklahoma, Washington DC and New York. I had courtesy calls with Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, and Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, in both cases discussing the deepening of links between the US and their respective states and Ireland. I visited the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma, to thank ...

10. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Tusk on 8 March 2018 and the issues that were discussed. (Question 12801/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 to 13, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to Dublin on 8 March. Our discussions, which took place ahead of the March European Council, covered the Brexit negotiations, EU trade policy, economic and monetary union, taxation challenges posed in the digital era and a number of foreign policy matters.
On Brexit, we discussed progress in relation to the draft withdrawal agreement, in...

15. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Xavier Bettel and the issues that were discussed. (Question 12787/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 17, inclusive, together.
I welcomed the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, to Dublin on Monday 5 March. Our meeting was part of my programme of strategic engagement with other EU leaders, which is strengthening our relationships with key partners across the full range of issues on the EU’s agenda.
Xavier Bettel knows Dublin very well from his time as a teenager studying English in Malahide and he was very pleased to be back here, t...

126. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Donald Tusk on 8 March 2018. (Question 13931/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I was very pleased to welcome the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to Dublin on 8 March.
Our discussions, which took place ahead of the March European Council, covered the Brexit negotiations, EU trade policy, Economic and Monetary Union, and the taxation challenges posed in the digital era, as well as a number of foreign policy issues. 
On Brexit, we discussed progress in relation to the draft Withdrawal Agreement, including on the Irish-specific issues. I stresse...

127. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Governor of Texas, the issues that were discussed, and if they included the Mexican border. (Question 13557/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

128. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Governor of Oklahoma; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 13558/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

129. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the meetings he held while in Washington DC; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 13559/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

130. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he discussed Russia with President Trump. (Question 13560/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

131. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the response he received from President Trump when he discussed Brexit at their meeting. (Question 13561/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

132. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the breakfast meeting he attended in New York with the Mayor during the St. Patrick’s day festivities; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 13761/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

133. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the companies he met while in the USA for St. Patrick’s week; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 13762/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

134. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the new proposal to address the issue of the undocumented Irish that was discussed during his visit to the USA recently. (Question 13764/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 to 134, inclusive, together.
I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott. Our conversation focused on the bilateral economic relations between Ireland and Texas. We did not discuss the Mexican border. I spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I a...

141. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he discussed regulatory matters when he met the CEOs of companies (details supplied) when he was in the United States of America recently. (Question 14145/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: During a visit which I undertook to the United States in early November 2017, I met Mr. Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook. I did not have any substantive discussion on regulatory matters with Mr. Zuckerburg. I did not meet with the CEO, or any company representatives, of Twitter, during my visit.
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72. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on all of his meetings in the United States of America. (Question 12803/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I visited the United States from 11-17 March for this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme. My visit included engagements in Austin Texas, Durant Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and New York. 
The objective of my visit was to advance Ireland’s interests and deepen the bilateral relationship between Ireland and the US. 
In Austin, I paid a courtesy call on Governor Abbott, met members of the Irish community in Texas, and spoke at the South by South West Festival, where I also met with Ente...

116. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken with Chancellor Merkel since she formed a coalition government; and if so, the issues that were discussed. (Question 11816/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I met with Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday in Berlin. We discussed preparations for this week’s European Council, including Brexit, trade, EMU, the Western Balkans, and the tax challenges of digitalisation. Our exchanges also covered bilateral relations. I took the opportunity to thank the Chancellor for her ongoing support and solidarity in relation to our unique concerns arising from Brexit. I also congratulated her on her recent re-election as Chancellor.
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2. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the President of Italy, Mr. Sergio Mattarella. (Question 8470/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, together.
I met the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, during his State visit on Wednesday, 14 February. The President was accompanied by a delegation that included the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano. We had a very friendly and constructive exchange which covered bilateral relations, Brexit, migration and, more broadly, the debate on the future of Europe.
Ireland and Italy have strong bilateral relatio...