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Coveney, Simon

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It is always somebody else's job.More Button

Death of Former Members: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

It was split 50-50.More Button

Parliamentary Questions Data

Was asked: the number of parliamentary questions his Department has processed in the past three years to date; the number of questions answered directly; the number of questions referred to bodies or agencies...More Button

My Department does not have a specific section to deal with Parliamentary Questions. Replies are prepared in the first instance by Departmental staff in the business unit dealing with the matter wh...More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Was asked: if he has received representations from the Irish ambassador in Madrid regarding the recent decision by a number of Catalan pro-independence prisoners on pre-trial detention to go on hunger strike ...More Button

Four Catalan prisoners currently held in prison on pre-trial detention are on hunger strike. As they are awaiting trial and their cases are due to be heard by the Spanish Courts, it would not be ap...More Button

Was asked: his views on the protracted crisis in South Sudan; if he will engage in diplomatic efforts through the EU to ensure the fragile peace in South Sudan holds; if he will continue to support humanitari...More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: if he will report on recent comments by the Advocate General to the European Court of Justice on Article 50; and his views on whether the UK could revoke its withdrawal without approval by member s...More Button

On 10 December, the European Court of Justice gave its judgement that the UK can revoke its Article 50 notification, unilaterally, at any point up to its withdrawal from the Union. The Court made c...More Button

Brexit Negotiations

Was asked: if his officials have assessed the advice of the UK Attorney General regarding the backstop provisions in the Brexit draft withdrawal agreement; and if he has sought legal advice on same.More Button

The European Union and Legal Divisions of my Department have reviewed the UK Attorney General’s advice on the “Legal Effect of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland”, as published on 5 December,...More Button

While the legal advice is of interest, what is important is that the UK Cabinet agreed on 14 November that the draft text of the Withdrawal Agreement was an acceptable basis on which to proceed.More Button