Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Questions (50)

Mick Barry


50. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he held discussions with representatives of the USA administration accompanying the Vice President of the United States of America, Mr. Joe Biden, during his visit here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19471/16]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I had the pleasure of greeting Vice-President Biden on his arrival at Dublin Airport last week and of welcoming the Vice-President and his family to Ireland. In our brief discussion, Vice-President Biden and I spoke about his close ancestral ties and deep affinity to Ireland and the Vice-President emphasised that he and his family had been greatly looking forward to the visit, which he had long been planning.

While on this occasion I did not hold a formal bilateral meeting with Vice-President Biden or other representatives of the United States of America, I engaged with both the Vice-President and President Obama during my visit to Washington DC for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in March. On that occasion the Taoiseach and I had the opportunity to raise a number of issues of importance to Ireland including economic and political links and immigration reform.