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Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: Yes.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I am outlining to the Deputy the division of responsibilities, which has changed. Deputy Coveney is the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I announced that on the day he was appointed. I will obviously continue to answer questions here through Leaders' Questions and questions for the Taoiseach, as I have before.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: The role is Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit. He will be responsible to the Dáil for matters related to Brexit.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I am explaining the division of responsibilities. If the Deputy wishes to ask further questions, he might allow me to answer his first question.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: The Minister will be vice chairman of the Cabinet committee dealing with European affairs and Brexit and he will lead on Brexit in the media. Memos relating to Brexit will come from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and he will lead and co-ordinate the all-island civic dialogue and sectoral meetings. I will, of course, retain responsibility for the European Council as the person...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I answer questions through Leaders' Questions and questions to the Taoiseach. I will be happy to continue to answer questions in this Chamber on Brexit. Written questions will be referred to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: It is not false information. The DUP is a political party in Northern Ireland and Sinn Féin is a political party in Northern Ireland. There is no Assembly or Executive to speak on behalf of Northern Ireland. The Assembly could, of course, adopt a resolution and the Executive could, of course, take a particular position. I encourage the parties to do exactly that. It is not the case...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: That is the answer.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 8 together. The Government has approved the establishment of a total of six Cabinet committees, one of which will deal with EU affairs and Brexit. In particular, this committee will assist the Government in its ongoing consideration of Brexit issues, including input to the negotiation process, both on the issues that are of unique or particular concern...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I join others in expressing my condolences to the family of Mr. Martin Kehoe Jnr.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Brexit Issues (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: Of course. The condolences of the House go to his family and friends at this time. It was the 16th farm fatality this year, something that concerns us all. Deputy Gerry Adams is absolutely right to express the concerns of the agrifood sector about Brexit. It was certainly the main talking point at the ploughing championships last year and I imagine it will be the main talking point this...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I would state again that no decisions on the budget or the welfare package have been made but obviously the priorities will be informed both by what is in the programme for Government and in the confidence and supply agreement with the main opposition parties. Therefore, what is in those will be prioritised but no decisions have been made. Regarding unemployment, the target is to reduce...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: No, a decision has not been taken because many of the details have yet to be finalised. There has been a great deal of discussion with NAMA by the Departments of Finance and Housing, Planning and Local Government. Any change in the remit of NAMA would require primary legislation, which would have to come before the Houses for debate, and consultation and discussion with the European...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I will come back to it.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: As I understand it, the proposal for a constitutional amendment will be referred to the finance committee, where it can be given full and due consideration. I believe that is appropriate. I am sceptical of the claim that a constitutional right as exists in other countries provides some sort of flexibility when it comes to the fiscal rules. I would like to see that in writing from a...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: It is the secret plan of those proposing the amendment to make everyone the same and put them in a box.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I will do my best. The bed capacity review is not yet complete and as such we do not have a figure on the number of acute hospital beds.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: It will have to be completed before the capital plan so that it can inform what health investments may be required in the years ahead. The review is not just about beds, it is also about types of beds. There is an active debate in health policy circles on whether we need more acute hospital beds, or not. Some people say we do. They point to overcrowding and waiting lists as a reason for...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (20 Sep 2017)

Leo Varadkar: Yes, and as such it should need more beds than we do. These are the complexities that always need to be considered in health policy. We will need to examine what can be done in primary care rather than hospitals and how we can use our beds much more efficiently that we currently do. It is evident they are not being used as efficiently as they might be. On the return of the bedsit, the...

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