Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (68)

Micheál Martin


68. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Luxembourg; and the meetings he attended and the issues that were discussed. [27157/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I travelled to Luxembourg following the European Council in Brussels on Friday 21 June.

I had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Bettel, as well as engagements at the European Investment Bank and the European Court of Justice.

Ireland and Luxembourg are, of course, like-minded on many EU matters and, in my meeting with Prime Minister Bettel, our discussions covered bilateral relations as well as Brexit and other important issues on the EU agenda, including the future strategic direction and leadership of the Union.

At the headquarters of the European Investment Bank, I met with President Hoyer and Vice President McDowell. I was present for the signature of an EIB loan of €350 million to DAA for the development of operations at Dublin Airport, including the conversion of the airport vehicle fleet away from fossil fuel.

In my visit to the European Court of Justice, I met with the President of the Court, Koen Lenaerts, as well as the Irish Judge and Advocate General at the Court of Justice, and the Irish Judges at the General Court. We discussed the importance of the Court’s work in upholding the Union’s Treaties and laws, as well as the implications of Brexit for its work.