Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (77)

Micheál Martin


77. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has spoken with Prime Minister Johnson recently; and if so, the issues discussed. [36953/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I held a positive and constructive meeting with Prime Minister Johnson in Government Buildings on Monday 9 September. Discussions focused largely on the UK’s departure from the EU, recognising of course, that negotiations take place through the Brussels Task Force. We agreed that we both want to see an agreement between the European Union and the UK. While discussions were at an early stage, common ground was established in some areas although significant gaps remain.

We also discussed Northern Ireland and our shared commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and the restoration of the power-sharing institutions in Northern Ireland and we looked forward to meeting again in the near future.

I have also spoken twice by phone with the Prime Minister when we discussed the ongoing political talks in Northern Ireland and Brexit.