107. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if it will be October 2018 before a possible deal will be negotiated on Brexit; and the way in which it will be applied to the Border. (Question 19729/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 and 107 together. 
Following on from the March European Council, the EU and UK agreed to five additional formal rounds of negotiations between April and the next European Council in June. These negotiations are focused on all outstanding issues in the draft Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the future relationship.
The UK has ag...

5. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, since his speech on 18 April 2018 to the European Parliament on Brexit regarding the forthcoming assessment on the talks on transition in June 2018. (Question 17972/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 7, inclusive, together.
I have not spoken to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, since his statement to the European Parliament on 18 April. As Deputies are aware, I last met formally with President Tusk in Dublin on 8 March, when we discussed a range of issues across the EU agenda, including Brexit. I thanked President Tusk for his ongoing strong support in relation to the Irish-specific issues arising from the UK’s decision...

6. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent engagements with Mr. Donald Tusk on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom since his speech on 18 April 2018 to the European Parliament on Brexit regarding the forthcoming assessment on the talks on transition in June 2018. (Question 18781/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 7, inclusive, together.
I have not spoken to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, since his statement to the European Parliament on 18 April. As Deputies are aware, I last met formally with President Tusk in Dublin on 8 March, when we discussed a range of issues across the EU agenda, including Brexit. I thanked President Tusk for his ongoing strong support in relation to the Irish-specific issues arising from the UK’s decision...

7. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken with the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk recently since his address on 18 April 2018 to the European Parliament on Brexit matters. (Question 18948/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 7, inclusive, together.
I have not spoken to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, since his statement to the European Parliament on 18 April. As Deputies are aware, I last met formally with President Tusk in Dublin on 8 March, when we discussed a range of issues across the EU agenda, including Brexit. I thanked President Tusk for his ongoing strong support in relation to the Irish-specific issues arising from the UK’s decision...

75. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if officials in his Department have briefed him on the status of Brexit negotiations and the preparations being made for March 2019. (Question 18808/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): In addition to my personal engagement on Brexit issues, which are a top priority for me and my Department, I have weekly meetings with my senior officials in relation to the Article 50 negotiations. We discuss both Irish specific issues as well as those on the discussion with regard to the EU’s future relationship with the UK, which are also vitally important for Ireland. I am also kept informed of the progress of dome...

11. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if Irish fisheries will be included in negotiations in the lead-up to Brexit; the progress made to date to defend Ireland’s position in respect of fisheries in the lead-up to Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18263/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As I have stated before, fisheries has from the outset been a high priority for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations, and so it will remain. 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 safeguarded.
My continued objective is to ensure that the implications for fisheries are fully taken account of in the negotiations on the f...

22. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding the Common Fisheries Policy and the challenges facing the fishing industry from March 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16268/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As the Deputy is aware the biggest challenge facing the Irish fishing industry is Brexit which is the reason the sector has been a high priority for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations, and will continue to be so for the Government. 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 safeguarded.
My continued objective is to ensur...

51. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the agreement or guarantee reached with the EU 27 on 23 March 2018 in the overall context of the FTA; the way in which it is planned to guarantee same post the interim period after the conclusion of the negotiations (details supplied); when the interim arrangement expires; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17608/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I very much welcome the adoption by the European Council on the 23rd of March of negotiation guidelines on the framework for the EU’s future relationship with the UK.
In respect of fisheries, the guidelines explicitly state that “In the overall context of the FTA, existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained;”.
Ireland’s key priorities are to maintain the current access to fishing grounds in ...

54. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement refers to all EU rights and opportunities normally associated with residency in a member state including the right to vote and stand in EU elections. (Question 18353/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

55. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the rights that will be included in the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement. (Question 18354/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

56. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress to date for the arrangements required to give effect to the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement. (Question 18355/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

57. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement will extend to both Irish and British nationals born in Northern Ireland. (Question 18356/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

58. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to ensure equivalency of rights as per the Good Friday Agreement for both Irish and British nationals born in Northern Ireland when paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement is enacted to avoid a violation of the Good Friday Agreement. (Question 18357/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

43. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the Government’s understanding of the goods that will be listed on annex 2.1 of the protocol attached to the European Commission draft withdrawal agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14252/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: Annex 2.1 of the proposed protocol attached to the European Commission draft withdrawal agreement lists goods which it says will be covered under any alignment of goods and services between North and South on the island of Ireland. Why is there a list of goods that are being covered , particularly as this would obviously suggest that some goods are not covered? Can the Tánaiste give a broad outline of the goods that are covered?
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44. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the length of time the Government is willing to let the Brexit talks proceed in 2018 without wording on the Northern Ireland Border backstop being agreed by the UK and EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14254/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly: The draft wording for the backstop was published by the EU on 28 February 2018. It was rejected by the UK, however. The British Prime Minister said emphatically it represented a threat to the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. Last Monday, many of us were taken by surprise when the EU’s task force released the Brexit document which showed no progress had been made on agreeing the legal wording for the backstop to ensure no border around Northern Irelan...

65. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of his engagement with the EU Brexit negotiating team and the UK Government with a view to ensuring regulatory alignment on agriculture matters after the UK leaving the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14014/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I discuss Brexit collectively with my EU27 counterparts on a monthly basis at the General Affairs Council (Art. 50). Maintaining frequent bilateral contact with EU partners is also a priority, both at political and official level. Such meetings provide an opportunity to communicate Ireland’s priorities, including in relation to agriculture, with a view to shaping the EU’s negotiating position with regard to the draft Wit...

70. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the length of time given to the transition period for Brexit; if he regards this as a sufficient amount of time in view of the complexity of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14208/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 and 77 together.
From the start of the EU-UK negotiations Ireland has been to fore in arguing for a transitional arrangement that ensures an orderly UK withdrawal from the Union, minimises disruption for citizens and businesses and leads to an ambitious and comprehensive future relationship agreement. 
Through the General Affairs Council (Art. 50) and its preparatory bodies, I and my o...

77. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the contributions, proposals or changes his department made to the EU proposal for a transition period and the proposed future relationship of the UK with the EU. (Question 5755/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 and 77 together.
From the start of the EU-UK negotiations Ireland has been to fore in arguing for a transitional arrangement that ensures an orderly UK withdrawal from the Union, minimises disruption for citizens and businesses and leads to an ambitious and comprehensive future relationship agreement. 
Through the General Affairs Council (Art. 50) and its preparatory bodies, I and my o...

82. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of negotiations, particularly those relating to the Border region of counties Cavan and Monaghan, in view of Brexit and the possible re-introduction of a hard Border. (Question 11047/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): In the context of the Article 50 negotiations, progress has been made between the EU and UK negotiating teams on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, including on the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The UK has agreed that a legally operative version of the ‘backstop’ for the border will be included in the Withdrawal Agreement, in line with paragraph 49 of the Joint Report published last December, and that this wi...

103. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of details of the backstop agreement between the EU and the UK Government with regard to ensuring no hard border on the island of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14013/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): A Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland is an integral part of the draft Withdrawal Agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the UK. It is drafted to give legal effect to the commitments and guarantees provided in the EU-UK Joint Progress report of last December on avoiding a hard border and protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, including North South cooperation and rights. The draft ...

149. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken to his EU counterparts regarding the terms of transition recently finalised in Brussels on 19 March 2018. (Question 13844/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 and 151 together.
Maintaining frequent contact with EU partners, including the EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been a priority for Ireland throughout the Article 50 negotiations process. 
I have met with Mr Barnier on a number of occasions since taking office, most recently in Brussels on 19 March. Mr Barnier updated me on the progress made with the UK in advancing discussio...

151. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken to Mr. Michel Barnier since 19 March 2018. (Question 14158/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 and 151 together.
Maintaining frequent contact with EU partners, including the EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been a priority for Ireland throughout the Article 50 negotiations process. 
I have met with Mr Barnier on a number of occasions since taking office, most recently in Brussels on 19 March. Mr Barnier updated me on the progress made with the UK in advancing discussio...

7. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to Prime Minister May since the publication by the European Commission of the draft text of the withdrawal deal on 28 February 2018. (Question 11263/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

The Taoiseach: I last spoke to Prime Minister May on Monday, 26 February, as I reported to the House on 28 February. We discussed Brexit and I restated our preference that a solution on the Border be found within the overall future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom. I pointed to the necessity on the EU side to have the detail of the backstop option spelled out in the draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement.
I listened with interest to the Prime Minister’s spee...

35. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken to his Dutch counterpart regarding Brexit impacts; if he has met and fully discussed Brexit with all his EU Foreign Minister counterparts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12154/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I discuss Brexit collectively with my EU27 counterparts on a monthly basis at the General Affairs Council (Art. 50). At this month’s meeting, which is taking place today, Michel Barnier will provide an update to the EU27 Member States on the progress made with the UK in advancing discussions on the draft Withdrawal Agreement. Draft additional guidelines for the next stage of the negotiations, and in particular the openi...

877. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he met his EU counterparts formally in the past six months to discuss transport related issues post-Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12889/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I have held a number of meetings with my EU and UK counterparts and the European Commissioner for Transport in relation to Brexit and the border since early 2017. These meetings were very useful in promoting an understanding of transport Brexit-related implications for Ireland, including the impacts of Brexit on the border areas and the details are summarised in the table.
 Date of meeting Representative Title Area - ...