Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs

Alliance Building to Strengthen the European Union (Resumed): European Council on Foreign Relations

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I have a few questions too. If Ms Möller were making recommendations to Ireland in addition to what she has told us, what would they be? What should our priorities be? Everybody seems to want to be friends with Germany. What does Germany think of us?

Is this helpful to Germany and can it deliver what is expected of it? Is too much emphasis and expectation being placed on Germany? Will it be able to meet the expectations of other member states? I was interested in what Ms Möller said about countries disappointing each other. Will she explain what she means? How is Ireland perceived as a partner in the future? Does Ms Möller think Ireland is doing well? How does she think we are faring?

I like to think that our committee has been broadly supportive of the Government's engagement regarding Brexit. The Minister of State, Deputy McEntee, will be in here in later. She has always been highly regarded by members of this committee, as has the Tánaiste, Deputy Coveney. I do not want this committee to be political in any way regarding what is happening in Europe. I do not think that it is. We are not trying to knock the Government or use this issue as a political football. I think the exact opposite is the case. Everybody here is wearing the Irish jersey and we maintaining a united front. That is only right and proper. It is important that we pull together when there is a job of work to be done. My colleagues and I would be grateful if we could hear Ms Möller's views and her responses to our questions.


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