21. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he or his officials have met church leaders. (Question 34892/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 22 together.
Like public representatives generally, I meet with church leaders from all faiths informally from time to time in the course of attending official or public events.
Since I took office as Taoiseach, neither myself nor my officials have had any formal meetings with any church leaders, including Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. I intend to have meetings under the Structured Dialogue Process soon.
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22. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he or his officials have met with a person (details supplied). (Question 34930/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 22 together.
Like public representatives generally, I meet with church leaders from all faiths informally from time to time in the course of attending official or public events.
Since I took office as Taoiseach, neither myself nor my officials have had any formal meetings with any church leaders, including Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. I intend to have meetings under the Structured Dialogue Process soon.
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1. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. (Question 31465/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, and his family to Ireland last week. The Prime Minister was especially welcome as my first international visitor given the close and historic ties between our two countries. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss our shared and common outlook on the issues of free trade multilateralism and climate action. We discussed the importance of the bilat...

2. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister. (Question 31485/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, and his family to Ireland last week. The Prime Minister was especially welcome as my first international visitor given the close and historic ties between our two countries. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss our shared and common outlook on the issues of free trade multilateralism and climate action. We discussed the importance of the bilat...

3. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Justin Trudeau. (Question 32103/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, and his family to Ireland last week. The Prime Minister was especially welcome as my first international visitor given the close and historic ties between our two countries. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss our shared and common outlook on the issues of free trade multilateralism and climate action. We discussed the importance of the bilat...

4. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his engagement with the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr Justin Trudeau on 4 July 2017. (Question 32320/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, and his family to Ireland last week. The Prime Minister was especially welcome as my first international visitor given the close and historic ties between our two countries. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss our shared and common outlook on the issues of free trade multilateralism and climate action. We discussed the importance of the bilat...

5. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his discussions with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; and if CETA, North Korea and climate change were discussed. (Question 32470/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, and his family to Ireland last week. The Prime Minister was especially welcome as my first international visitor given the close and historic ties between our two countries. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss our shared and common outlook on the issues of free trade multilateralism and climate action. We discussed the importance of the bilat...

6. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr Justin Trudeau. (Question 32478/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, and his family to Ireland last week. The Prime Minister was especially welcome as my first international visitor given the close and historic ties between our two countries. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss our shared and common outlook on the issues of free trade multilateralism and climate action. We discussed the importance of the bilat...

6. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach the foreign visits he plans to undertake during the remainder of 2017. (Question 31240/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: Political engagement with our European Union and international partners is important, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I am, therefore, likely to have a number of overseas meetings during the second half of 2017. These will include two meetings of the European Council in Brussels scheduled for 19 and 20 October and 14 and 15 December. A number of other high-level informal EU summits are also planned, including one in Tallinn, Estonia. In addition, the British-Iris...

3. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his telephone conversation with President Trump; the issues that were discussed; and if the undocumented Irish and a possible visit here by President Trump were discussed. (Question 31012/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 to 7, inclusive, together. 
I spoke to President Trump by telephone last week. It was a short call, similar to a number of calls I have had in recent days. The President asked about Brexit and its impact on Ireland, as well as the peace process and the ongoing efforts to reinstate power-sharing in Northern Ireland. I outlined the current situation, including our particular concerns in relation to Brexit and acknowledged the importance of cont...

4. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his conversation with the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump. (Question 31173/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 to 7, inclusive, together. 
I spoke to President Trump by telephone last week. It was a short call, similar to a number of calls I have had in recent days. The President asked about Brexit and its impact on Ireland, as well as the peace process and the ongoing efforts to reinstate power-sharing in Northern Ireland. I outlined the current situation, including our particular concerns in relation to Brexit and acknowledged the importance of cont...

5. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his telephone conversation with President Trump on 27 June 2017. (Question 31182/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 to 7, inclusive, together. 
I spoke to President Trump by telephone last week. It was a short call, similar to a number of calls I have had in recent days. The President asked about Brexit and its impact on Ireland, as well as the peace process and the ongoing efforts to reinstate power-sharing in Northern Ireland. I outlined the current situation, including our particular concerns in relation to Brexit and acknowledged the importance of cont...

6. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his conversation with the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, on 27 June 2017. (Question 31190/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 to 7, inclusive, together. 
I spoke to President Trump by telephone last week. It was a short call, similar to a number of calls I have had in recent days. The President asked about Brexit and its impact on Ireland, as well as the peace process and the ongoing efforts to reinstate power-sharing in Northern Ireland. I outlined the current situation, including our particular concerns in relation to Brexit and acknowledged the importance of cont...

7. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he discussed climate change when he spoke with President Trump. (Question 31382/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 to 7, inclusive, together. 
I spoke to President Trump by telephone last week. It was a short call, similar to a number of calls I have had in recent days. The President asked about Brexit and its impact on Ireland, as well as the peace process and the ongoing efforts to reinstate power-sharing in Northern Ireland. I outlined the current situation, including our particular concerns in relation to Brexit and acknowledged the importance of cont...

79. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he has had contact with the President of the United States of America. (Question 29969/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

Taoiseach (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): I spoke with President Trump by phone yesterday afternoon. It was a short congratulatory call, similar to a number of calls I have had over recent days. 
 The President and I spoke about Brexit and its impact on Ireland as well as the Peace Process and efforts to reinstate power sharing in Northern Ireland. I acknowledged the importance of continued close interest and support from the US administration.
The president reiterated the invitati...

1. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach if he has had contact with the President of the United States of America. (Question 27221/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I have not had any direct contact or engagement with President Trump or the US Administration since my election as Taoiseach, although I have spoken to the chargé d’affaires by phone. However, I expect to receive a short phone call from President Trump later this afternoon. I expect this to be a brief congratulatory call, similar to several calls I have received in recent days. 
As I said in the House last week, I wan...

2. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his contacts and engagements with the US Administration of President Trump. (Question 27640/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I have not had any direct contact or engagement with President Trump or the US Administration since my election as Taoiseach, although I have spoken to the chargé d’affaires by phone. However, I expect to receive a short phone call from President Trump later this afternoon. I expect this to be a brief congratulatory call, similar to several calls I have received in recent days. 
As I said in the House last week, I wan...

3. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he has been in contact with President Trump since he was appointed Taoiseach. (Question 28861/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I have not had any direct contact or engagement with President Trump or the US Administration since my election as Taoiseach, although I have spoken to the chargé d’affaires by phone. However, I expect to receive a short phone call from President Trump later this afternoon. I expect this to be a brief congratulatory call, similar to several calls I have received in recent days. 
As I said in the House last week, I wan...

4. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he has had engagement with the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, since he took office. (Question 29834/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I have not had any direct contact or engagement with President Trump or the US Administration since my election as Taoiseach, although I have spoken to the chargé d’affaires by phone. However, I expect to receive a short phone call from President Trump later this afternoon. I expect this to be a brief congratulatory call, similar to several calls I have received in recent days. 
As I said in the House last week, I wan...

28. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to EU leaders since he was appointed; and if so, the issues that were discussed. (Question 29053/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: Following my election as Taoiseach, I spoke by phone with both Chancellor Merkel and President Macron. I updated both leaders on developments in Northern Ireland, and we agreed to work closely together to address the challenges facing the Union, including Brexit. 
On Monday 19 June, I met with Prime Minister May in London. We discussed Northern Ireland and the need to re-establish devolved Government there; as well as Brexit, particularly the need to avoid any adverse impact on...

139. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has met the church leaders recently. (Question 27555/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: Like public representatives generally, my predecessor met church leaders informally from time to time in the course of attending official or public events. Last year in particular, with the 1916 commemorations, he attended many events that were also attended by representatives from various religious groups. 
Bilateral meetings have been held with representatives from the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, the Jewish community, the Islamic community, Atheist Ireland and the Human...

141. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, since the British general election outcome on 8 June 2017. (Question 28651/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I spoke by phone to Prime Minister May last Thursday following my appointment as Taoiseach. I extended the Government’s sympathies to her and to the people of London on the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower. We also discussed Brexit and the ongoing political discussions in London and in Belfast, agreeing on the need to have the Northern Ireland Executive up and running as quickly as possible. We agreed to meet in Downing Street the following Monday to continue our discussions.
I...

142. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the Northern Ireland First Minister, Arlene Foster, since the outcome of the British general election on 8 June 2017; the issues that were discussed; and if particular issues regarding Brexit were discussed. (Question 28652/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
I met with DUP Party Leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton MLA in Government Buildings on 16 June. 
We discussed a wide range of issues including the urgent need to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive, noting the deadline of 29 June for completion of negotiations. 
There was also agreement on the importance of a functioning Executive in the context of the Brexit negotiations due to start the following week.
I made ...

143. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the Northern Ireland First Minister, Arlene Foster, regarding the confidence and supply arrangement between the Democratic Unionist Party and the Conservative Party. (Question 28653/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
I met with DUP Party Leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton MLA in Government Buildings on 16 June. 
We discussed a wide range of issues including the urgent need to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive, noting the deadline of 29 June for completion of negotiations. 
There was also agreement on the importance of a functioning Executive in the context of the Brexit negotiations due to start the following week.
I made ...

10. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Michel Barnier on 11 May 2017. (Question 24018/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 17, inclusive, together.
I met with Mr. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, in Government Buildings on Thursday 11 May. I was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and the Minister of State for European affairs. The meeting provided an opportunity, following the European Council’s adoption of the EU negotiating guidelines and ...