77. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Germany; his plans to improve German-Irish relations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16878/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I was delighted to welcome Heiko Maas, the new German Minister for Foreign Affairs to Dublin on 12 April, less than a month after his appointment as foreign minister. We had a warm and constructive meeting. Germany is a hugely influential EU member state. It is Ireland’s fourth largest goods trading partner and our third most important tourism market. Having excellent working relations with Germany is a priority for us. ...

243. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when she last met and will next neet a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16963/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I have met the person concerned on a number of occasions since I was appointed as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and both myself and my officials maintain ongoing contact with Chairs and Directors of bodies under the aegis of my Department as appropriate.
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498. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has recently met persons (details supplied) in regard to the tragic death of their son. (Question 16809/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In answer to the Deputy’s question, I have not recently met the persons referred to in his question but I have met them in the past. I have immense sympathy for the family in this tragic case. 
As the Deputy is aware, a number of complaints made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission by members of the family are the subject of investigation by GSOC. 
I can inform the Deputy that GSOC has now completed its criminal investigation in...

1646. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the dates of meetings held with officials or by officials with other Ministers on the issue of funding for a project (details supplied); and the Ministers that were involved in these meetings. (Question 15775/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department continues to engage, through correspondence and discussion, with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and with the relevant local authority on the complex issues surrounding the project to which the Deputy refers. Officials from my Department accompanied my predecessor to a meeting with the then Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in relation to the project in September 2016. 
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47. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his recent meeting with the former US Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson. (Question 14025/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I met with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in Washington, D.C., on Friday 23 February, 2018. I would like, at the outset, to take this opportunity to wish Secretary Tillerson, who has now left his position, all the best for the future. I look forward to working with his successor in due course, once the nomination process has been completed.
The meeting with Secretary Tillerson was conducted in a warm and constru...

323. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when she will next meet the CEO of Science Foundation Ireland (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13695/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I have met with the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson, on a number of occasions since my appointment as Minister. I will meet with Professor Ferguson again in the near future although that has yet to be scheduled in my diary. 
My colleague Minister John Halligan T. D., in his role as Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development meets with Professor ...

54. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the full agenda and issues raised at his meeting with a bank (details supplied) on 26 February 2018; if the issue of the bank’s proposed sale of property was discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13332/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The agenda for the meeting referred to by the Deputy comprised 1) NPL strategy and disposal plans, 2) tracker update, and 3) general performance update. I presume when the Deputy refers to the bank’s proposed sale of property he is referring to the sale of NPLs and I can confirm that this matter was discussed as per the agenda. 
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54. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met or plans to meet with the whistleblower that produced the protected disclosure outlining the deaths of 56 members of the Defence Forces. (Question 10203/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I appointed an independent third party to review allegations made in a number of protected disclosures relating to health and safety issues in the Air Corps which were received in late 2015 and early 2016.
I sent the report of the independent third party to those who had made disclosures for their views.  I have also received further correspondence from one of the individuals, setting out concerns in relation to a series of deat...

68. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on his meeting with the shadow chancellor in London on 5 March 2018; the issues that were discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11923/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My meeting with Shadow Chancellor McDonnell on 5 March provided an opportunity to engage constructively on the strong relationship between our countries, the importance of trade between the two economies, and on the many areas of common interest shared by Ireland and the UK. 
In our discussion I explained to the Shadow Chancellor that the Irish Government fully respects the unity of the EU27 during negotiations and emphasised to the Shadow Chancello...

69. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on his meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Philip Hammond, in London on 5 March 2018; the issues that were discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11924/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My meeting with Chancellor Hammond on 5 March provided an opportunity to engage constructively on the strong relationship between our countries, the importance of trade between the two economies, and on the many areas of common interest shared by Ireland and the UK. 
In our discussion I reiterated to the Chancellor that the Irish Government fully respects the unity of the EU27 during negotiations and emphasised to the Chancellor the importance our G...

221. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he last met formally with the CEO and Chairperson of Caranua; the issues discussed; when he will next meet the CEO and Chairperson; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12150/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I last met with the Chair of Caranua on 7 December 2016. The Chief Executive and officials of my Department also attended that meeting. A range of relevant issues were discussed at that meeting including Caranua’s performance and the progress the organization was making particularly with regard to meeting clients’ needs and delivering a quality service. It would be my intention to meet the Chair again later this year. I should point ...

416. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when she last met formally with the chief executive and chairperson of Enterprise Ireland; when she will next meet formally with the chief executive officer and chairperson; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12890/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am in regular formal and informal contact with all the Agencies under my Department’s remit. 
I last met formally with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Julie Sinnamon, and the Chairperson, Terence O’Rourke, of Enterprise Ireland at the Enterprise Ireland Board meeting on 14 February 2018 and was introduced to the full Board.
Prior to this date, I met with the CEO and Chairperson of Enterprise Ireland on a number of...

640. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health when he will meet with a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12696/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I am aware of an invitation being received in my office for me to meet this group and a reply will issue in the coming days.
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853. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he has met officials from Cork City Council and Cork County Council on traffic volumes and solutions on the south link and north ring road in Cork since he entered office. (Question 12365/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): To date I have not met with Cork City Council and Cork County Council regarding traffic volumes and solutions on the south link and north ring road in Cork, nor have I had any such request to meet to discuss that particular topic.
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11. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the recent meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11077/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I attended the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on 26 February. The Council discussed developments in Moldova, the situation in Venezuela and the Middle East Peace Process.EU Foreign Ministers had a comprehensive discussion on Moldova and adopted Council Conclusions taking stock of the reform process and setting out expectations for the period ahead. Ministers also discussed developments in Venezuela, expressing ...

67. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the meeting on 28 February 2018 with a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10450/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Deputy will appreciate that it is not possible to report on the meeting in question having regard to the fact that, at the time of the actual finalisation of the reply to this written question, it has yet to take place.
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209. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the meetings he or officials of his Department have had with an association (details supplied) in 2017 and 2018; the nature of these meetings; and the persons who attended these meetings. (Question 9441/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Meetings in respect of collective bargaining issues involving the Association concerned are a matter in the first instance for my colleague the Minister for Justice and his Department. In this context my Department at official level only would attend such meetings as may be appropriate from time to time throughout the annual period.
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612. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to meet with a group (details supplied); when the meeting will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9457/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I met with members of this group in February 2017.
Any further meeting requests will be considered in line with the normal procedure for any such requests.
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722. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a request has been received for a meeting with his Department from a group (details supplied) to discuss matters relating to the local shoreline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9459/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I received a request in recent days from this group, through my colleague Minister of State Sean Kyne, TD, to meet with me. The group will be contacted with a response once due consideration has been given to the request.
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346. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will meet with a group (details supplied) and a representative of a charity to discuss the issues surrounding transgender health care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8355/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 346 and 365 together.
I acknowledge receipt of the request for meetings from the individuals and organisation mentioned by the Deputy. My Office will be in touch with the individuals concerned as soon as a decision has been made. 
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365. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health his plans to meet persons (details supplied) and organisations to discuss issues regarding the provision of transgender health care. (Question 8454/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 346 and 365 together.
I acknowledge receipt of the request for meetings from the individuals and organisation mentioned by the Deputy. My Office will be in touch with the individuals concerned as soon as a decision has been made. 
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221. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when he will facilitate a meeting requested by a patient advocacy group (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7999/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My office is in direct contact with the organisation in question to arrange a meeting and a date will be confirmed as soon as my diary allows.
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298. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation if the Cabinet has requested advice from the chief scientific adviser since her appointment. (Question 6999/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): The Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) meets with relevant Government Ministers on a regular basis and meets with new Ministers when they take responsibility for their portfolio. I have met with Professor Mark Ferguson on a number of occasions since my appointment as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in late November 2017. I am not aware of any formal requests for advice from the Chief...

19. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his recent visit to Israel and Palestine; if he drew the attention of the Israeli Prime Minister to Ireland’s opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the apartheid regime that Israel enforces in Palestine; if he will request that the State officially recognises the state of Palestine; and if he will request the release of a person (details supplied). (Question 3643/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Earlier this month, I visited Israel and Palestine for the second time in my role Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. I met with key representatives of the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as well as leaders of other Israeli political parties, UN agencies, and non-governmental organisations. In my meetings with the Israeli authorities, I expressed Ireland’s concerns about the impact of the conti...

74. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance when he last met formally with the CEOs of banks (details supplied); when he is next due to meet each person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3527/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I met formally with the CEOs of Bank of Ireland and PTSB on the 23rd of October 2017 and with the CEO of AIB on the 24th October 2017. 
It is my intention to meet with all three CEOs again in the near future and my office is currently working to schedule these meetings.
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