Written Answers. - EU Presidency.

Ivor Callely

Question:

566 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Tourism and Trade if he will give details of the programme of meetings and dinner functions he intends to host in Ireland for the EU Council of Ministers in the context of Ireland's Presidency of the EU; the venues for such functions; the numbers attending; the basis on which the venue was chosen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16686/96]

The only event which I will formally host in Ireland during the Irish Presidency took place on 18-19 September when I hosted an informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers in Dublin Castle. The total number of participants was 90. The venue was chosen because it incorporates a purpose built conference centre.