Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1623, 1624, 1625, 1626)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

1623. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he has met with the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to a no-deal Brexit and contingency planning for this eventuality, in tabular form. [36364/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

1624. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he has met with the Minister for Defence and or the Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence in relation to a no-deal Brexit and contingency planning for this eventuality, in tabular form. [36365/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

1625. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he or his officials have met with representatives from the Department of Justice and Equality in relation to a no-deal Brexit and contingency planning for this eventuality, in tabular form. [36366/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

1626. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he or his officials have met with representatives from the Department of Defence in relation to a no-deal Brexit and contingency planning for this eventuality, in tabular form. [36367/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1623 to 1626, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy will be aware, as a Minister of Government, I meet regularly with my Cabinet colleagues including the Ministers for Justice and Equality and Defence. The Cabinet has considered contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit on many occasions, including most recently on 3 September 2019.

At Official level, detailed Brexit preparedness and contingency work is being taken forward on a whole of Government basis, across all Government Departments and Agencies, co-ordinated mainly by officials in the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade in close collaboration with the Department of the Taoiseach. As part of these structures, there are a range of inter-departmental groups in place  for contingency planning for all aspects of Brexit, including for a no-deal. These structures and groups provide a forum for a common understanding of issues arising and allow consideration and planning of issues across all sectors, including transport, justice and defence related issues.