Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (64)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

64. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he or his officials or political staff were recipients of tickets and-or hospitality from an organisation (details supplied) during the term of office of a person; the details of each occasion tickets and-or hospitality was provided by the organisation during this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18786/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

In June 2017, I hosted a visit by the Austrian Minister of Defence and Sport and delegates. The visit of the Austrian Minister coincided with an event, run by the organisation to which the Deputy refers, and involving both Austria and Ireland. In the context of that official visit, my Office contacted the organisation to determine if tickets could be made available to facilitate the attendance of our Austrian visitors and their Irish counterparts at the event. On foot of that request, the organisation concerned made 12 premium level tickets available for those involved with the visit and I attended the event, together with my Austrian counterpart.