Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (107)

Willie Penrose


107. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to meet formally with the US Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms Nancy Pelosi, the next time he visits the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2020/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Government engages frequently with the US Administration and US elected representatives, both Republican and Democrat, on all aspects of the US-Ireland relationship and on other issues of mutual concern.

I plan to travel to Washington, D.C. in early February for a series of political and other engagements. The Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C., will prepare my programme for that visit and I would very much welcome the opportunity to meet with key Congressional and Administration representatives, as well as the US Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms Nancy Pelosi, at that time. I last met Ms. Pelosi on a visit to Washington DC in October 2017.

The St. Patrick’s Day period also provides an excellent opportunity for substantive engagement. I expect that the Taoiseach will travel to Washington, D.C. for the traditional engagements at the White House and at Capitol Hill, and in that context, will meet with representatives of the US Administration and other political leaders.