15. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his planned visits abroad in the next six months. (Question 51723/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 to 17, inclusive, together. I can, at this stage, outline my plans for a number of visits abroad, relating both to EU and non-EU business. As the House is aware, I will travel to Brussels for a meeting of the European Council on Thursday and Friday. Further European Council meetings are scheduled for March and June 2018. I plan to travel to Lebanon later this month to visit members of the Defence Forces serving in the UNIFIL mission. My vis...

16. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach the foreign visits he plans to undertake to the end of June 2018. (Question 52879/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 to 17, inclusive, together. I can, at this stage, outline my plans for a number of visits abroad, relating both to EU and non-EU business. As the House is aware, I will travel to Brussels for a meeting of the European Council on Thursday and Friday. Further European Council meetings are scheduled for March and June 2018. I plan to travel to Lebanon later this month to visit members of the Defence Forces serving in the UNIFIL mission. My vis...

17. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on discussions he has had with President Trump. (Question 52958/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 to 17, inclusive, together. I can, at this stage, outline my plans for a number of visits abroad, relating both to EU and non-EU business. As the House is aware, I will travel to Brussels for a meeting of the European Council on Thursday and Friday. Further European Council meetings are scheduled for March and June 2018. I plan to travel to Lebanon later this month to visit members of the Defence Forces serving in the UNIFIL mission. My vis...

121. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach if he has had recent contact with the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and other members of the European Council. (Question 51767/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I met with President Tusk in Dublin on Friday 1 December, when we discussed progress on the Brexit negotiations. I reiterated the need to ensure sufficient progress on the Irish-specific issues - maintaining the Common Travel Area, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process, and avoiding a hard border - before moving to phase two of the negotiations. I noted that shared membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union has been k...

79. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to First Minister Arlene Foster since 12 November 2017 regarding Northern Ireland and Brexit. (Question 50535/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: During my visit to Enniskillen on 12 November I took the opportunity to meet with DUP Leader Arlene Foster to discuss the ongoing political situation in Northern Ireland and Brexit. I have not spoken with Ms Foster since then. 
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15. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to or met the Polish Prime Minister Ms Beata Szydlo; and if EU reform was discussed. (Question 49073/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I have not yet had the opportunity for a formal meeting with Polish Prime Minister Szydlo, though I did speak briefly with her in Gothenburg, as well as at the June and October European Councils, and September’s Digital Summit in Tallinn. Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners remains crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed, and I will continue to take advantage of every opportunity to advance Ireland’s interests with my fellow members ...

1. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the recent meeting of the British-Irish Council. (Question 47839/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
On Brexit, I said that greater clarity and confidence regarding how a hard border is to be avoided was needed before we could say sufficient progress had been made to allow negotiations to move to phase 2. As I have said before, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process is a priority, not just for Ireland but also for all remaining 27 member states. Given that the UK Gove...

2. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to Prime Minister Rajoy recently. (Question 48168/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
On Brexit, I said that greater clarity and confidence regarding how a hard border is to be avoided was needed before we could say sufficient progress had been made to allow negotiations to move to phase 2. As I have said before, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process is a priority, not just for Ireland but also for all remaining 27 member states. Given that the UK Gove...

3. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brokenshire’s comments on the possible reintroduction of direct rule in Northern Ireland. (Question 48974/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
On Brexit, I said that greater clarity and confidence regarding how a hard border is to be avoided was needed before we could say sufficient progress had been made to allow negotiations to move to phase 2. As I have said before, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process is a priority, not just for Ireland but also for all remaining 27 member states. Given that the UK Gove...

5. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the latest British-Irish Council meeting. (Question 49072/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
On Brexit, I said that greater clarity and confidence regarding how a hard border is to be avoided was needed before we could say sufficient progress had been made to allow negotiations to move to phase 2. As I have said before, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process is a priority, not just for Ireland but also for all remaining 27 member states. Given that the UK Gove...

6. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the recent meeting of the British-Irish Council in Jersey. (Question 49109/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
On Brexit, I said that greater clarity and confidence regarding how a hard border is to be avoided was needed before we could say sufficient progress had been made to allow negotiations to move to phase 2. As I have said before, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process is a priority, not just for Ireland but also for all remaining 27 member states. Given that the UK Gove...

7. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his conversation with the British Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May, on 17 November 2017. (Question 49290/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
On Brexit, I said that greater clarity and confidence regarding how a hard border is to be avoided was needed before we could say sufficient progress had been made to allow negotiations to move to phase 2. As I have said before, protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and the gains of the peace process is a priority, not just for Ireland but also for all remaining 27 member states. Given that the UK Gove...

5. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meetings in the west coast of the USA; the companies he visited; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 47081/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

6. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if Ireland’s corporation tax rate or the possible reduction in USA corporation tax rate and the proposal that the European Union will introduce digital taxation were discussed at his meetings in the USA. (Question 47082/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

7. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his trip to the west coast of the United States of America. (Question 47610/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

8. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting the chief executive officer of a company (details supplied). (Question 47611/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

9. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meetings in Silicon Valley. (Question 47612/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

10. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to the United States of America; and his meetings with personnel from companies. (Question 47836/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

11. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent visit to the United States of America; and the details of the meetings and engagements he attended. (Question 47838/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

12. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent visit to the United States of America and in particular his meetings with representatives of a company (details supplied). (Question 47860/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

13. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his invitation to President Donald Trump to visit here. (Question 47861/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

14. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his invitation to President Donald Trump to visit here. (Question 49114/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

15. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if Ireland’s corporation tax rate or the possible reduction in the USA corporation tax rate and the proposal that the European Union will introduce digital taxation were discussed at his meetings in the United States of America. (Question 49115/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 15, inclusive, together.
I had a three day visit to Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco from Wednesday, 1 November, to Friday, 3 November. The primary focus of the visit was growing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Ireland and the US and highlighting Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and other international developments.
In Seattle, I spoke at an event attended by approximately 250 people from Seattle’s bu...

99. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to Chancellor Merkel since the election in Germany in September 2017. (Question 48888/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: As I indicated to the House on 4 October, I spoke informally with Angela Merkel at the Digital Summit in Tallinn. I also saw and interacted with her at the October European Council.
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100. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to Prime Minister Rajoy since the October 2017 EU Council meeting. (Question 48890/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I engaged informally with Prime Minister Rajoy at the European Council in October, and at the Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November. I have not yet had a formal bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister, but I look forward to having a chance for a more detailed engagement in the near future.
Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners remains crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will, of course, see many of my EU counterparts in t...