86. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he had a further meeting with the church leaders. (Question 43632/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: On 31 August last I held my first formal meeting with representatives of the Catholic Church under the structured dialogue process. 
I intend to hold further meetings with other dialogue partners and I have asked my office to progress this matter and make the necessary arrangements. I hope to be in a position to meet next with representatives of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland.
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6. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach further to Parliamentary Question Nos 1 to 7 of 4 October 2017, if he will report on his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte and their discussion on Brexit; and if other issues were discussed. (Question 42989/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other Member States and the EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit, to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Of course, other Ministers - particularly Minister Coveney, who has special responsibility for Brexit - are also meeting with their EU counterparts...

1. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to Chancellor Merkel recently. (Question 40409/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

2. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to President Macron recently. (Question 40539/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

3. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Guy Verhofstadt on 21 September 2017; and the issues that were discussed. (Question 40675/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

4. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, on 21 September 2017. (Question 40730/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

5. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken with Chancellor Merkel recently. (Question 41674/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

6. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Guy Verhofstadt and the issues raised. (Question 41718/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

7. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to other EU leaders recently regarding Ireland and Brexit. (Question 41866/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together.
 Ongoing political engagement with our EU and international partners is crucial, especially as negotiations on Brexit proceed. I will continue to use every opportunity to ensure that other member states and EU institutions fully understand our particular concerns arising from Brexit in order to enable the best possible outcome for this country. Other Ministers, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,...

20. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Canada and his meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister in August 2017. (Question 39677/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I travelled to Canada between 19-23 August. 
My visit commenced in Montréal with an official welcoming ceremony and a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister. During our meeting we discussed the provisional implementation of CETA which commenced on September 21. We discussed the latest developments on Brexit and Ireland’s priorities in the negotiations. Prime Minister Trudeau updated me on the latest state of play with regards to the NAFTA negotiations. In the context of a wi...

21. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach the outcome of his visit to Canada. (Question 39689/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I travelled to Canada between 19-23 August. 
My visit commenced in Montréal with an official welcoming ceremony and a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister. During our meeting we discussed the provisional implementation of CETA which commenced on September 21. We discussed the latest developments on Brexit and Ireland’s priorities in the negotiations. Prime Minister Trudeau updated me on the latest state of play with regards to the NAFTA negotiations. In the context of a w...

1. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Roman Catholic Church leaders on 31 August 2017. (Question 39675/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to takes Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
On 31 August, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Fitzgerald; the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton; the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris; the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deput...

2. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with representatives of the Catholic Church as part of the church-State structured dialogue process. (Question 40410/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to takes Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
On 31 August, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Fitzgerald; the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton; the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris; the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deput...

3. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with the Catholic hierarchy. (Question 40413/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to takes Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
On 31 August, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Fitzgerald; the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton; the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris; the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deput...

4. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Ireland on 31 August 2017. (Question 40538/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to takes Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
On 31 August, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Fitzgerald; the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton; the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris; the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deput...

64. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the wide range of national and international issues he discussed with church leaders at the meeting with them and other ministers. (Question 40712/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: On 31 August last, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and by the Ministers for Education and Skills, Health, Transport, Tourism and Sport and Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
The agenda for the meeting included the World Meeting of Families 2018 and possible visit by P...

10. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach if he has met the religious orders recently. (Question 32476/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 11 together.
I have not met with religious orders recently. However, 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. 
On 31 August last, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste ...

82. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Mr. Philip Hammond on 31 August 2017. (Question 39030/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 113 and 114 together.
I undertook my first official visit to Belfast as Taoiseach on 4 and 5 August last.
I had a number of engagements during my visit, including giving a keynote address in Queens University on the “Future of Relationships North and South”. I also hosted a lunch with leading business leaders from Northern Ireland during the visit.
My visit provided a useful opportunity for me to meet with leaders of most of the political part...

84. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his trip to County Donegal; and if a member of GIS or the strategic communications unit travelled with him. (Question 39032/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar): I was briefed on the extent of the flood damage on arrival in Carndonagh. I then visited damaged areas and talked to those directly affected. I also spoke to local and national media on actions being taken by Government. I then visited flood damaged areas in Buncrana and received further briefing on the remedial action being undertaken to address the situation.
As is normal practice a press officer accompanied me on the visit.
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113. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to Prime Minister May since Sinn Féin rejected the proposal for a pathway for talks to enable Stormont to be reconvened within a certain timeframe. (Question 39092/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 113 and 114 together.
I undertook my first official visit to Belfast as Taoiseach on 4 and 5 August last.
I had a number of engagements during my visit, including giving a keynote address in Queens University on the “Future of Relationships North and South”. I also hosted a lunch with leading business leaders from Northern Ireland during the visit.
My visit provided a useful opportunity for me to meet with leaders of most of the political part...

114. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Northern Ireland recently; and the meetings he attended. (Question 39093/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 113 and 114 together.
I undertook my first official visit to Belfast as Taoiseach on 4 and 5 August last.
I had a number of engagements during my visit, including giving a keynote address in Queens University on the “Future of Relationships North and South”. I also hosted a lunch with leading business leaders from Northern Ireland during the visit.
My visit provided a useful opportunity for me to meet with leaders of most of the political part...

115. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he commenced formal meetings with the church leaders under the structured dialogue process. (Question 39095/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: On 31 August last, I held a formal meeting under the structured dialogue process with representatives of the Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin. I was accompanied at the meeting by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and by the Ministers for Education and Skills, Health, Transport, Tourism and Sport and Employment Affairs and Social Protection. A wide ranging discussion took place on a range of important national and international issue...

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...