154. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Finance if he has raised the issue at EU level of an EU reform fund being established to help countries and regions most exposed to Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49018/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government’s Brexit priorities are clear. They are to protect the peace process, ensuring no hard border, maintenance of the Common Travel Area, securing an effective transitional arrangement leading to the closest possible trading relationship with UK, and working for the future of our Union.  
As set out in the Government’s position paper of 2 May 2017, to mitigate the economic implications associated with Brexit, the Government is taking a f...

245. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the measures he is planning to ensure no emergence of regulatory divergence from those rules of the Internal Market and the customs union which are necessary for meaningful North-South co-operation, the all-island economy and protection of the Good Friday Agreement. (Question 49074/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government’s clear position is that we need to avoid any risks presented by regulatory divergence so as to ensure that North South cooperation, which is facilitated and supported by a shared EU regulatory framework on this island, can continue unimpeded after the UK leaves the EU. Therefore, the Government will continue to advocate that the best solution for Northern Ireland is for the UK to remain effectively in a Customs Union...

246. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the working paper in relation to the dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland. (Question 49075/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am not going to comment on the detail of internal EU working documents tabled in Brussels. However, both the EU and Ireland have been clear about the current state of play on negotiations on the priority exit issues, including the Irish issues.
There is nothing new emerging about EU positions on Ireland and Northern Ireland; the principles set out in the EU Guidelines for the negotiations and subsequent papers strongly acknowledge...

615. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the preparations made in his Department in the event of no agreement being reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU; if such preparations involve the drawing up of detailed and specific contingency plans in the event of a hard Brexit and a trade regime based on WTO tariffs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48780/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for co-ordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This co-operation also involves the relevant State Agencies.
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cr...

2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the meaning of the phrase sufficient progress in relation to phase one of the Brexit talks and Ireland; if progress has been met in the current round of talks; if Brexit talks will move to phase two in December 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48487/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: We are still in phase 1 of the talks on Britain leaving the European Union. Three issues are currently being addressed in those negotiations. One is Ireland and what will happen in Ireland in a post-Brexit situation. The European Union says that we cannot move on to phase 1 unless sufficient progress has been made on all three areas and we support that. What does sufficient progress mean for the Government in respect of the Border? What is the bottom line and when wi...

3. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding the situation in which no solution is found to avoid border controls with Northern Ireland; the status of talks to be held in December to discuss the future relationship in respect of same in view of comments made by the Taoiseach on 8 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48486/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly: On Wednesday of last week, the Taoiseach stated, “ I am now of the view that it is likely we will be able to say that sufficient progress has been made at the December meeting, allowing us to move on to discussions on transition and the future arrangements.” On Sunday, Michel Barnier said that EU member states need to start preparing for the collapse of the talks. At the October meeting, the Government’s position was that insufficient progress had been made.
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4. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit situation; the contingency planning that is under way to minimise the adverse effects of this outcome on Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48584/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy Róisín Shortall: In light of growing concern in the House, among the public and in the business community, including the agribusiness community, about the worsening state of affairs in relation to Brexit, it is important for the Minister to set out the Government’s assessment of the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit and explain to the House what contingency planning is under way in his Department.
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8. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his most recent meeting with the EU Brexit negotiator, Mr. Michel Barnier. (Question 44870/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I met with the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg in advance of the meeting of the General Affairs Council on 17 October. This was our third meeting since my appointment. It was a constructive meeting at which we discussed the progress of negotiations to date. I welcomed the progress that has been made in the areas of citizens’ rights and the Irish-specific issues. However, it was clear that there are still many ...

39. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if it is Ireland’s position that Mr. Michel Barnier’s mandate should be adjusted to ensure progress in Brexit negotiations. (Question 44896/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Article 50 negotiations between the EU and the UK are proceeding on the basis of the phased approach set out in the European Council Guidelines of 29 April 2017. Phase 1 is focusing on the exit issues of citizen’s rights, the financial settlement and the Irish specific issues. Once the European Council has agreed that sufficient progress has been made on these issues, the negotiations can move into phase 2 and parallel discussi...

100. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of EU negotiations concerning the British decision to leave the European Union in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48530/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): At its meeting on 20 October, the European Council welcomed the progress made in the EU-UK negotiations to date but agreed that further work is needed before it can agree that sufficient progress has be made on all of the exit issues - citizens’ rights, the UK’s financial settlement and the issues unique to Ireland – to enable discussions on the framework for a future EU-UK relationship and transitional arrangements to begin.
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187. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a joint EU-UK proposal to the WTO on the way to deal with import arrangements for agricultural goods such as meat, sugar and grains post-Brexit, with the UK maintaining a portion of the EU’s quotas based on the UK’s average consumption over the past few years; and his views on the rejection of this proposal by other countries at WTO level. (Question 48633/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In a letter dated 11 October 2017, the EU and UK jointly notified the other members of the WTO of the need to make adjustments to the EU’s existing quantitative commitments in the area of goods.  The UK advised that it intends to replicate, as far as possible, its obligations under the current EU commitments.  In the letter the EU and UK proposed that the EU’s quantitative commitments in relation to tariff rate quotas (TRQ) be...

190. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update from his perspective on the latest developments on Brexit talks and the reason for optimism following the October EU Council meeting. (Question 48167/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): At its meeting on 20 October, the European Council welcomed the progress made in the EU-UK negotiations to date but agreed that further work is needed before it can agree that sufficient progress has be made on all of the exit issues - citizens’ rights, the UK’s financial settlement and the issues unique to Ireland – to enable discussions on the framework for a future EU-UK relationship and transitional arrangements to begin.
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365. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of Brexit negotiations regarding the issue of access to fisheries for Irish vessels post Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47797/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): To date there have not been any negotiations on fisheries or any other sectoral specific areas.  
However, as I have stated before, fisheries is, and will remain, a high priority for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations.  I am determined to ensure that fisheries remain high on the Brexit agenda in the EU and that the interests of Ireland’s fishing communities are fully protected.
A key element in protecting the interests of our ...

18. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has held discussions with the European Commission regarding the allocation of additional funding for the Border region in view of the particular challenges that will arise following Brexit and the need to improve infrastructure to assist existing businesses to remain competitive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47147/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): At the outset I would like to be clear about the Government’s appreciation of the important contribution that EU funding has made to the development of the border region and to cross-border cooperation over the last quarter of a century.
As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform I have responsibility for two cross-border programmes with Northern Ireland, namely INTERREG and PEACE.  These programmes have a combined value of ...

211. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance the details of all planning and research work under way on the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46120/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This co-operation also involves the relevant State Agencies.
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross-Departmental coordination stru...

456. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of all planning and research work under way for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46121/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, I have responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, I am working closely with colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This cooperation also involves the relevant State Agencies. Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross-Departmental coordination str...

981. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of all planning and research work under way for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46115/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for co-ordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This co-operation also involves the relevant State Agencies.
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared t...

1021. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of all planning and research work under wayfor the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46128/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This cooperation also involves the relevant State Agencies.
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross-Department...

1112. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the details of all planning and research work under way for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in her Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46114/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This cooperation also involves the relevant State Agencies. 
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross-Dep...

1152. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the details of all planning and research work under way for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46126/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has the primary responsibility for leading on Brexit negotiations. My Department is contributing on an ongoing basis to discussions and providing policy advice relevant to its remit as and when required.
The comprehensive document “Ireland and the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: The Government’ Approach”,  published on 2 ...

1213. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the details of all planning and research work under way for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in her Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46119/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This cooperation also involves the relevant State Agencies.
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cr...

1320. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of all planning and research work under way for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date respectively of this research, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46123/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This cooperation also involves the relevant State Agencies.
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross...

1381. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of all planning and research work underway for the impact of the result of Brexit negotiations in his Department or related State agencies; if this analysis is intended for publication; the expected completion and publication date, respectively, of this research in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46117/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Deputy Simon Coveney, has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges resulting from Brexit. This co-operation also involves the relevant State Agencies. Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cros...

117. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has communicated a position to the Government’s view of the position which should be reflected in the mandate being prepared and is due to be given to the European Commission for trade negotiations with UK; if the Government emphasised the importance of ongoing equivalence in equality, employment and environmental standards within such negotiations; if he has expressed a view for or against the inclusion of investor courts in this trade mandate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44261/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Article 50 negotiations between the EU and the UK are proceeding on the basis of the phased approach set out in the European Council Guidelines of 29 April 2017.
Ireland fully supports this approach, which foresees that discussions on the future EU-UK relationship, including trade, will get underway as soon as sufficient progress has been made on the EU’s key priorities under the withdrawal process – notably citizens’ rights, the...

2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of Article 50 negotiations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39914/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: I ask the Minister of State to update the House on the status of the Article 50 negotiations which are ongoing. What progress has been made and in what areas? What challenges still present in terms of issues that relate to Ireland?
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