Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (35)

Micheál Martin


35. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, since the last European Council meeting. [34411/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I reported to the House on 10 July on the most recent European Council meetings, which took place on 20 and 21 June, and from 29 June to 2 July. In addition to the formal exchanges, I also engaged informally with Chancellor Merkel and other EU counterparts in the margins of these meetings, using the opportunity as always to promote Irish interests.

I have not spoken to the Chancellor since then but will continue to meet and speak regularly with her and other EU counterparts, both bilaterally and at formal and informal meetings of the European Council. Ongoing political engagement with our EU partners remains crucial, both in relation to Brexit and to other important issues on the agenda at EU level.