Written Answers. - EU Presidency.

Ivor Callely

Question:

106 Mr. Callely asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will give details of the programme of meetings and dinner functions he intends to host in Ireland for the EU Council of Minister 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. [16676/96]

The only meeting of the Council of Minister chaired by me in Ireland during Ireland's Presidency of the EU is the Informal meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs which was held in Tralee on 7-8 September 1996. In line with the usual practice at such meetings, dinner was offered for participants. Those attending were the EU Foreign Ministers, two members of the European Commission and their spouses. This function was held in Tralee Golf Club. Venues were chosen on the basis of suitability for the event concerned.