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Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Seán Crowe: In October, we all welcomed the fact that an agreement between the EU task force and the British Government had been reached. Following a meeting with the Tánaiste, Sinn Féin was satisfied that the agreement ensures there will be no hardening of the Border and that no veto would be given to the DUP. However, the Taoiseach and the Irish Government must be vigilant and it would be...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: Last week’s summit discussed many topics but delivered very little progress. It was in many ways a summit about beginning the transition to the slightly revised agenda introduced by the new presidents of the Council and the Commission and continued shadow-boxing over profound issues that must be resolved in the coming year. Europe has been a world leader on climate change. It has...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Brendan Howlin: I am confused because I did not realise that we were going to take a fourth group of questions.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: I did not expect us to take these questions either.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Brendan Howlin: We normally take three groups. Do we have time for this?

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Alan Farrell: We do.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Brendan Howlin: That is fine. The statements on last week's EU Council meeting will begin shortly. I would like to ask the Taoiseach about the focus on an area that is now being driven by one of the new vice presidents of the European Commission, Mr. Frans Timmermans. His responsibilities include climate change, which all of us in this House recognise as the biggest economic and social issue that we need...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Joan Burton: President Macron has been championing a united states of Europe. I ask the Taoiseach to comment on the Government's position on Mr. Macron's proposals, particularly in the context of Irish neutrality. Ireland is a neutral country. President Macron has indicated in recent times that he is very critical of the capacity of NATO. He sees very serious defects in NATO. As part of his vision...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: To the best of my knowledge, we have not lobbied for a change in EU trade policy with regard to Israel. It is certainly something we can consider. It is unlikely that we will be able to find consensus at European level to take action of that nature, given that some member states exhibit strong support towards Israel. We have taken a very strong position on Jerusalem. I was very active at...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): EU Issues (18 Dec 2019)

Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: I attended the meeting of the European Council and the eurozone summit in Brussels on Thursday, 12 December, and Friday, 13 December. At the European Council meeting on Thursday, we discussed climate change, the EU's long-term budget and external relations, particularly the EU-Africa partnership and Turkey's recent actions in the eastern Mediterranean. We agreed to continue economic...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Martin Kenny: The rationale put forward by the Taoiseach is clearly not appropriate. Using the Government jet to attend an EPP meeting does not stand up to scrutiny and nor does it wash with anyone. Even the most independent observer of the Taoiseach's decision to use the Government jet for this purpose would admit that it reeks of entitlement, which goes to the core of the matter. I understand from...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: I reiterate that the Government jet is used in accordance with a protocol set out in the Cabinet handbook, which has been extant for a long time. It is used within those rules and I assure Deputies that civil servants would not allow it to be used outside of them. I visited Zagreb on 20 and 21 November. The programme for my visit included an official meeting with the Prime Minister,...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: That is outrageous carry-on.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: -----and for the same number as the Deputy since the middle of July.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach is a nasty piece of work.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: Those are the facts.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: I am here every Tuesday and Wednesday, as the Taoiseach knows.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Ministerial Travel (18 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: Rather than all the name-calling, the Deputy should not be so sensitive.

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