12. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the purpose of the presence of three Royal Navy patrol and training ships in Haulbowline on 27 and 28 March 2018. (Question 20411/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question relates to the presence of three British Royal Navy patrol and training ships in Haulbowline in March. It is part of a thread of visits involving vessels from foreign navies, including NATO warships. We had a visit from HMS Illustrious, an Invincible class aircraft carried which was involved in the Iraq war, and, in 2016, a flotilla of NATO warships was present during the centenary celebration for the 1916 Rising, which was quite ironic. Why are we allowing Ir...

176. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the purpose of British Royal Navy submarine activities off the west coast; and if there was engagement with authorities here regarding recent reports of a British Royal Navy submarine operating near Achill Island, County Mayo. (Question 23516/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): On 9 May last, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was contacted by the British Embassy in Dublin in relation to an emergency medical evacuation of a crew member of a UK Royal Navy submarine, located outside of Ireland’s territorial seas.
Following a request from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, an Irish Coast Guard helicopter carried out an evacuation and the injured party was transferred to hospital for treatment.
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46. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if officials in his Department had communication with the US authorities or other Government departments regarding the presence of a ship (details supplied) in Cobh harbour on 21 March 2017; if so, the details of this communication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18235/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In response to a request from the US Embassy, my Department granted permission for a visit by the US naval vessel, USS Donald Cook, to visit the port of Cobh from 21-25 March 2017. The purpose of the visit to Ireland was crew rest and relaxation.
Routine courtesy visits by naval vessels to foreign ports are a regular feature of international relations and help to further bilateral ties between friendly nations. Ships from our ow...

419. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department has received reports of US Navy personnel berthed in Cobh, County Cork, bearing arms onshore in March 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18203/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In response to a request from the US Embassy, my Department granted permission for the visit of US naval vessel, USS Donald Cook, to the port of Cobh from 21-25 March 2017. The purpose of the visit to Ireland was crew rest and relaxation.
Security arrangements for visits by ships paying routine calls to Irish ports, such as this visit, are a matter for An Garda Síochána with whom my Department consults before granting permission ...

97. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 283 of 28 March 2017 and regarding a recent arrest (details supplied), if she is satisfied there was appropriate handling of and investigation into an alleged sexual assault; if there was diplomatic or political interference in the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17420/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will appreciate that management of particular Garda investigations are matters, in the first instance, for the Garda authorities and I have no direct role in this regard, nor would I seek to interfere in such investigations. However, I am advised by the Garda authorities that the investigation in relation to the case referred to is ongoing. In this context, the Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a posit...

199. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 283 of 28 March 2017, and in relation to a recent arrest (details supplied), if he has satisfied himself that there was appropriate handling of and investigation into an alleged sexual assault; if there was diplomatic or political interference in the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17421/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am aware of the incident referred to by the Deputy and I understand from media reports that the man was released without charge and that a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The question of whether or not a particular person should be prosecuted and for what criminal offence is the responsibility of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is completely independent in the performance of her functi...

48. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the basis on which permission was granted to a US warship (details supplied) to dock in Cobh in March 2017; and if Defence Forces personnel were involved in supplying security to the warship. (Question 15483/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Visits from foreign naval vessels are a long-standing and common practice in Ireland and worldwide. Foreign naval vessels are granted permission by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to visit Irish ports on condition that they meet the necessary policy stipulations. This requires that visiting naval vessels do not carry nuclear weapons and do not engage in military exercises. The vessel in question was in Ireland as p...

283. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of the circumstances surrounding the docking of a US warship (details supplied) at Cobh Harbour on 21 March 2017; the reason it was docked; the purpose of its journey; the permissions that were granted and by whom for the docking of the warship and for military and navy personnel to patrol the quay; if the vessel has been searched to ensure there are no nuclear weapons on board; the steps that have been taken to ensure no military exercises were or will be carried out in Irish waters; the consultation that took place with An Garda Síochána prior to the docking of the vessel; if this is the same warship that fired the first tomahawk cruise missiles into Baghdad almost 14 years ago on 20 March 2003 resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Iraqi citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15342/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In response to a request from the US Embassy, my Department granted permission for a visit by the US naval vessel, USS Donald Cook, to visit the port of Cobh from 21-25 March 2017. The purpose of the visit to Ireland was crew rest and relaxation.
As is the case, for all requests for ships to pay routine calls to Irish ports, my Department seeks the views of other agencies including An Garda Síochána and the Naval Service prior to...

244. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the circumstances surrounding the docking of a submarine at Horgan’s Quay in Cork at the beginning of November, observed during the first weekend of November 2016; the country of origin; the reason for which it docked; the purpose of its journey; if it was part of a NATO operation; if there were armed guards on board and-or on the quay; if permission was granted for this docking in our waters; if so, by whom; the attached conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40495/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In response to a request from the Embassy of the Netherlands, my Department granted permission for a visit by the Dutch naval submarine, HNLMS Bruinvis, to visit the port of Cork from 4-7 November 2016. The purpose of the visit was crew rest and relaxation.
Permission for the visit was sought and granted in accordance with Ireland’s longstanding policy that visiting naval vessels not carry nuclear weapons and not engage in milita...

134. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the military vessels that are accessing Irish waters; their purpose; their point of origin and destination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36712/15 asked on 21 Oct 2015 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, all vessels have a right of innocent passage through the territorial seas of a coastal state and there is no requirement to seek the consent of the coastal state.
However a coastal state may regulate entry to its internal waters and in Ireland the consent of my Department is required in relation to any foreign naval vessels wishing to enter the internal waters of the State. Many bays...

134. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 20 of 7 May 2014, about the USS Leyte Gulf cruiser being docked in Cobh, if the ship was searched; and if not, how does he know it was not armed. (Question 21709/14 asked on 14 May 2014 - Visits of Foreign Naval Vessels)

The Taoiseach: I can confirm that the ship in question was not searched. As outlined in the answer provided to the Parliamentary Question referred to, foreign naval vessels are granted permission to visit Irish ports on condition that assurances have been received from the Embassy of the country concerned that they meet the necessary policy conditions, which require that the vessels are not carrying nuclear weapons and are not engaged in a naval exercise. 
The principle of sovereign immunity a...