Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (133, 134, 135)

Niall Collins

Question:

133. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he was invited to attend the dinner in Doonbeg, County Clare, with President Trump; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24103/19]

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Niall Collins

Question:

134. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he met with President Trump in Shannon Airport; if he was invited to attend the arrival of President Trump in Shannon Airport or other events during the stay of the president; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24104/19]

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Niall Collins

Question:

135. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he or his officials received a briefing from the Ambassador to the United States of America following his attendance at the dinner with President Trump at Doonbeg, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24105/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 133 to 135, inclusive, together.

The visit of President Trump to Ireland involved a limited official programme. President Tump and First Lady Melania Trump were greeted at Shannon Airport by the Taoiseach, accompanied by Minister Josepha Madigan and Minister of State Pat Breen. The Taoiseach then held a useful bilateral meeting with the US President , during which they discussed issues of mutual concern, including Brexit; the Irish E3 visa Bill currently before the US Congress; economic; and international issues.  

The US President's official programme coincided with my visit to Belfast in support of the ongoing all-party talks, aimed at restoring devolved Government and power sharing.  The Government's hopes for these talks were raised in the context of the US Presidential visit, and I welcome continued strong US support for peace, prosperity and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  

Finally, to confirm, that like all members of Government, I receive ongoing updates and briefing from senior officials in my Department on all policy areas, which naturally includes significant engagements with key partners.