Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ceisteanna (2, 3)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

2. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has met or spoken with the DUP leader, Ms Arlene Foster, since 2 October 2019; if the EU response to alternative suggestion by the UK Government to the backstop was discussed; and if the Northern Assembly will be restored before 21 October 2019. [40812/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

3. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he has discussed the reaction from business groups in Northern Ireland to the latest suggestions from the UK Government on custom checks with the leader of the DUP; and her reaction to same. [40813/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 and 3 together.

I last met Mrs. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP in Government Buildings on the evening of 18 September when we discussed Brexit developments at that time and also discussed the political situation in Northern Ireland and ongoing efforts to restore the power-sharing institutions. I emphasised the Government’s full commitment to all aspects of the Good Friday Agreement, and our continuing determination to secure the effective operation of all of its institutions.

While I am aware of the negative reaction from business groups in Northern Ireland to the UK Government’s proposals for a new protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, including those relating to customs arrangements on the island of Ireland, I have not discussed these with Mrs Foster.