13. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of his Department’s preparations for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20213/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The outcome of the vote of 23 June 2016 in the UK will have implications across all aspects of the business of the European Union. While the vote does not give rise to fundamental strategic issues for Defence Forces operations or for Ireland’s continuing engagement within the EU in the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), it is expected that Brexit will have an impact on future developments in the Defence sphere. 
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48. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the EU counterparts he has met formally in the past six months to discuss Brexit related issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20537/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The outcome of the vote of 23 June 2016 in the UK will have implications across all aspects of the business of the European Union. While the vote does not give rise to fundamental strategic issues for Defence Forces operations or for Ireland’s continuing engagement within the EU in the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), it is expected that Brexit will have an impact on future developments in the Defence sphere. 
In my ro...

69. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the recent visit of Mr. Michel Barnier here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20766/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The EU’s Chief Negotiator for the Article 50 negotiations, Michel Barnier, attended the All-Island Civic Dialogue in Dundalk on 30 April. Mr Barnier’s visit was yet another demonstration of the EU’s continued steadfast support for Ireland and commitment to addressing our specific concerns in the Brexit negotiations.
Mr Barnier delivered the keynote address to the All-Island Civic Dialogue and met with a range of individu...

70. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on recent meetings which he has had with his UK counterpart regarding Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20767/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): In November 2017, I welcomed UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson MP, for his first visit to Ireland since being appointed to the position. A number of areas of mutual foreign policy interest were discussed, including the Middle East and Africa, in addition to the strong British-Irish bilateral relationship and how this relationship can be strengthened in the future. Although the For...

104. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if Mr. Michel Barnier elaborated on the scope of the alignment he referred to in his speech in the context of the Border when they met on 30 April 2018. (Question 19988/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 104 and 108 together.
The Taoiseach and I met with Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator for the Article 50 negotiations, on 30 April in advance of his address to the All-Island Civic Dialogue. Our meeting offered an opportunity to take stock of the current state of play in the negotiations on both the future relationship and the draft Withdrawal Agreement, including progress on the ...

108. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he spoke with Mr. Michel Barnier regarding the way in which total alignment would work after Brexit in March 2019. (Question 19731/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 104 and 108 together.
The Taoiseach and I met with Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator for the Article 50 negotiations, on 30 April in advance of his address to the All-Island Civic Dialogue. Our meeting offered an opportunity to take stock of the current state of play in the negotiations on both the future relationship and the draft Withdrawal Agreement, including progress on the ...

166. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps being taken to protect Irish citizens’ rights to study in a university or college on the island of Ireland and to ensure that students are not unduly punished financially as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. (Question 19942/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following the UK triggering Article 50 of the Treaty in March 2017 and the ongoing negotiations one of our principal concerns relates to protecting to the greatest extent possible student mobility between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the UK and within the EU and to support our strategy to increase non-EU student flows.  Key to the ongoing access of our students to higher education on the island will be the maintenance of the common trav...

418. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the preparatory work that has been carried out with regard to maintaining the open skies policy following Brexit; the contingency plans in place if no agreement is reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19827/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Brexit and its potential implications for Ireland are being managed on a whole-of-government basis. My Department is represented on all relevant cross-Departmental coordination structures, and an internal Departmental Committee on Brexit meets regularly. The Department also consults regularly with the aviation regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders through the National Civil Aviation Development Forum.
Contingency planning in r...

132. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the research study commissioned by her Department regarding sectorial implications arising from Brexit most exposed sectors is due to be completed and published. (Question 19547/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The study commissioned by my Department on the sectorial implications arising from Brexit is due to be published by mid May 2018.
This study will complement already completed macroeconomic studies commissioned both by my Department and other Departments and provides insights from firms as to their understanding of what a hard Brexit would mean for their business operations.
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56. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he has requested an economic impact report on the potential effect of Brexit on the Border counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19078/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Action Plan for Rural Development, which was published in January 2017, envisaged that a piece of research would be commissioned on the impact of Brexit on rural areas.
However, in the time since the publication of the Action Plan, a number of papers and commentaries have been published on the potential impact of Brexit on Ireland, including rural Ireland and the Border counties.  In addition, a number of sectorial workshops...

28. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures being taken to seek new markets for Irish agriculture in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18265/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The pursuit and development of new markets for Irish agri-food exports is of course an ongoing and central component of the strategic development of the agri-food sector, as evidenced by its placement right at the centre of Food Wise 2025, the industry’s strategy for development over the coming decade. Indeed, this is all the more relevant after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, which presents significant new challenges for t...

179. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the extent to which efforts are now being made to ensure the delivery of quality Irish agrifood throughout the globe in the event of having to bypass the UK in the aftermath of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18496/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Issues relating to the facilitation of exports, including through the UK landbridge post Brexit, are the subject of detailed consideration in the context of the whole of Government co-ordination mechanisms. 
Ireland’s objective in the negotiation is to ensure that those wishing to use the UK landbridge as a route to EU markets can do so with as little friction as possible. 
The pursuit and development of new markets for Irish ...

114. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance the number of registered hauliers that meet criteria as AEOs; and the measures and supports that have been put in place to increase the number in preparation for Brexit. (Question 17509/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 and 115 together.
The concept of EU Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has existed since 2008, and the legal basis for same is now reflected in the Union Customs Code (UCC) with its implementing and delegated Acts.
The AEO programme, which aims to enhance international supply chain security and to facilitate legitimate trade, is open to all supply chain actors. An AEO is an economic operator who is deemed reliabl...

115. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Finance the preparations that have been made in the event that there is no agreement reached on Brexit and the authorised economic operator, AEO, and other authorisations for customs simplifications issued by the customs authorities of the United Kingdom are no longer valid in the customs territory of the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17393/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 and 115 together.
The concept of EU Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has existed since 2008, and the legal basis for same is now reflected in the Union Customs Code (UCC) with its implementing and delegated Acts.
The AEO programme, which aims to enhance international supply chain security and to facilitate legitimate trade, is open to all supply chain actors. An AEO is an economic operator who is deemed reliabl...

532. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he expects to provide alternative direct transport access to Europe in the aftermath of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18054/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 532 and 533 together.
The implications of Brexit for Ireland’s ports and airports will become clearer once the EU-UK negotiations have been completed and the future relationship between the EU and the UK has been settled. As with other Departments and agencies across the State, my Department and its agencies are preparing for the different potential outcomes, including contingency planning for a ‘no-d...

533. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he expects to develop facilities at ports and airports in order to enhance access to the European Union and the global community in the aftermath of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18055/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 532 and 533 together.
The implications of Brexit for Ireland’s ports and airports will become clearer once the EU-UK negotiations have been completed and the future relationship between the EU and the UK has been settled. As with other Departments and agencies across the State, my Department and its agencies are preparing for the different potential outcomes, including contingency planning for a ‘no-d...

204. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if the strategic communications unit in the Department the Taoiseach will co-ordinate a national Brexit preparedness public information and awareness campaign in 2018 (details supplied); if meetings have taken place between her Departmental officials and advisers and State agencies under her remit with the strategic communications unit since this announcement; the body that will carry out this campaign if the unit is no longer in a position to complete this action; and the budget for this campaign. (Question 17304/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government’s extensive response to Brexit is already underway and includes measures such as: 
- Enterprise Ireland’s €5,000 ‘Be Prepared’ grant for firms;
- Enterprise Ireland’s Brexit Scorecard;
- Bord Bia’s Brexit Barometer; 
- InterTrade Ireland’s Brexit Advisory Service; 
- the €300m Brexit Loan Scheme for Business;
- the €25m Brexit Response Loan Scheme for the agri-food sector;
- and the opening of six new dip...

46. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the level of ongoing contacts between her Department and its counterpart in Northern Ireland and with the industrial development agencies North and South in regard to dealing with Brexit related issues that are common to all of the island; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16796/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department works closely with its counterpart in Northern Ireland - the Department for the Economy - regarding the operation of InterTrade Ireland (ITI), the cross-border body that assists SMEs all across the island in growing North-South trade.  
ITI has been very active in working to assist businesses in Ireland address the particular challenges that Brexit may present for cross-border commerce. My Department has p...

53. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on a recent Brexit survey result by a bank (details supplied) showing that just 6% of SMEs here have a Brexit plan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14214/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Extensive work has been ongoing in my Department to prepare for all Brexit eventualities. This includes research and the development of supports to help ensure that businesses are prepared for potential difficulties arising as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. 
Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in October of 2017 by B&A;  found that 16% of SMEs surveyed ha...

78. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to establish new formal structures for dialogue between the UK and Ireland in view of the impact that Brexit will have; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16879/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): While the UK’s decision to leave the EU has serious implications for Ireland, we maintain a strong and constructive bilateral relationship with the UK. We are fully committed to developing and enhancing this relationship over the coming years. Additionally, we will work to secure the closest possible positive relationship between the UK and the European Union. There are already a number of channels for ongoing dialogu...

124. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the degree to which she is in the course of making provision for the negative impact of Brexit with particular reference to the industries here most likely to be affected negatively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17062/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Co-ordination of the whole-of-Government response to Brexit is being taken forward through the cross-Departmental coordination structures chaired by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 
Contingency planning for a no-deal or worst-case outcome, bringing together the detailed work being undertaken by individual Ministers and their Departments on issues within their policy remit, is now well advanced. Its focus is...

165. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of contingency planning under way within his Department and State agencies for the impact of Brexit. (Question 15079/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Co-ordination of the whole-of-Government response to Brexit is being taken forward through the cross-Departmental coordination structures chaired by my Department.
Contingency planning for a no-deal or worst-case outcome, bringing together the detailed work being undertaken by individual Ministers and their Departments on issues within their policy remit, is now well advanced. Its focus is on the immediate regulatory an...

1142. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to offset the impact of Brexit on farmers in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16765/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Brexit has the potential to have a very significant impact on the agri-food sector throughout Ireland, including in counties Cavan and Monaghan. 
As the Deputy will be aware, the agri-food sector is of critical importance to the Irish economy, and its regional spread means it underpins the socio-economic development of rural Ireland, and of the border region in particular. 
The primary means through which the Government is see...

82. Deputy John Curran asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the consideration that was given to assisting Ireland in relation to Brexit in the St Patrick’s Day ministerial visits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14548/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): St. Patrick’s Day provides Ireland with an unparalleled opportunity to promote our political and economic interests abroad, as well as access to key political and business contacts in leading markets around world. Recommendations for Ministerial travel over the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day period were based on input from our Team Ireland network of diplomatic missions and state agency offices overseas, in addition to consulta...

83. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the elements of the December 2017 joint report (details supplied) that relate to trade and regulations with regard to cross-Border trade on the island of Ireland have been fully agreed by Britain to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14559/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83, 87 and 99 together.
I have clearly communicated Ireland’s position and priorities in relation to the draft Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland to the EU Taskforce as well as to my UK counterparts in recent weeks. I met with Michel Barnier immediately on 26 February and again on 19 March, following the recent round of intensive negotiations with the UK. Recent engagement with Br...