Dáil Éireann - Volume 473 - 22 January, 1997

Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

79. Mr. Callely asked the Taoiseach the number of foreign trips made by him during 1996; the [1086] destination, purpose and duration of the trips; whether the Government jet or scheduled flights were used; the identity and designation of persons who accompanied him on each trip; the number, purpose and duration of each meeting attended by him on such trips; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25216/96]

The Taoiseach: The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following schedule. It is not possible to give the precise duration of meetings which I attended on my foreign visits as these details have not been officially recorded. In general, bilateral meetings can last anything from 30 minutes to two hours. Major summits such as the European Council meetings involve a series of meetings which take place over a number of days.

Schedule to PQ No. 25216/96

Taoiseach's use of transport for foreign flights in 1996

Date

Destination

Purpose

Travelling Party (Taoiseach's Department)

Transport

Meetings

10-11 January

Paris

Funeral of President Mitterand

Taoiseach

Commercial flight

Funeral

Mrs. Bruton

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

Lunch hosted by President of France

C. Haughey, Former

Taoiseach

G. FitzGerald, former Taoiseach

Capt. McQuillan, Aide de Camp to the Taoiseach Security

16-18 January

Rome

Official visit to the Vatican

Taoiseach

Mrs. Bruton

Commercial flight

1. Meeting with President of Italy.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

2. Meeting with Prime Minister of Italy.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

3. Meeting with President of Italian Senate.

D. McCarthy, Asst.

Secretary*

4. Visit to the Church of San Clemente and Irish College.

Capt. McQuillan, Aide de Camp to the Taoiseach

5. Dinner for Friends of Ireland and business people.

6. Audience with the Pope.

7. Meeting with the Secretary of State of the Vatican.

24-26 January

Strasbourg

Address to Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe

Taoiseach

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with Secretary General and signature of the Convention on the Exercise of Children's Rights.

A. Dunning, P.O.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

Security

2. Meeting with President of the Assembly.

3. Address to Parliamentary Assembly.

4. Meeting with Vice-Presidents of Assembly, Political Leaders and Heads of delegation not represented in the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly.

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5. Lunch hosted by President of Assembly

6. Reception.

7. Dinner with Irish Parliamentary Delegation to the Assembly.

28 February

London

Anglo-Irish Summit

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport

Anglo-Irish Summit meeting

P. Teahon, Secretary

S. Donlon, Programme Manager

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

28 February-4 March

Bangkok and Dubai

ASEM Summit

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport and Commercial flight

1. ASEM Meeting.

F. Murray, Secretary to the Government

2. Meeting with President of Indonesia.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

3. Meeting with President of South Korea.

A Dunning, P.O. R. Dooney, Special

4. Meeting with Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Adviser to the Taoiseach G. Shaw, P/Sec.

5. Meeting with Prime Minister of Singapore.

C. Carey, Clerical

Assistant

Security

12-13 March

Cairo

Summit of Peacemakers

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport

Summit of Peacemakers

S. Hare, P.O.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

Capt. McQuillan, Aide-de-Camp to the Taoiseach

Security

14-18 March

USA and Canada

Official visit for St. Patrick's Day

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting and reception with President Clinton.

Mrs. Bruton

P. Teahon, Secretary

2. Lunch meeting with Speaker Gingrich.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

3. Meeting with Senator Edward Kennedy.

R. Dooney, Special

Adviser to the Taoiseach

4. Meeting of the Ireland-America Economic Advisory Board.

D. Morgan, P.O.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

Security

5. American Ireland Fund dinner.

6. Meeting with the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Brian Tobin.

28-29 March

Turin

European Council meeting

Taoiseach

Minister Mitchell, MoS for European Affairs.

Ministerial Air Transport

Meeting of European Council

Mrs. Bruton

B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

A. Dunning, P.O.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

O. Duffy, Clerical

Assistant

Security

[1088][1089]24-26 April

Poland

Official visit

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with Prime Minister of Poland.

Mrs. Bruton

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

2. Reception for Polish VIP's.

A. Dunning, P.O. G. Shaw, P/Sec.

3. Lecture at Natolin College of Europe.

Security

4. Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture.

5. Dinner hosted by Prime Minister of Poland.

6. Meeting with Deputy Speaker of Polish Sejm.

7. Meeting with Marshall of Polish Senate.

8. Meeting with Chairman of Polish-Irish Parliamentary Association.

9. Meeting with President of Poland.

4-5 June

Bonn

Meeting with Chancellor Kohl

Taoiseach

F. Murray, Secretary to the Government

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with Chancellor Kohl.

2. Address to Adenauer Institute.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary R. Dooney, Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

3. Dinner for German businesspeople.

A. Dunning, P.O.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

Capt. McQuillan

11-12 June

Brussels

Meetings with various European Heads of State and Governments and others

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Lunch for Local business community.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

R. Dooney, Special

2. Meeting with President of the European Commission.

Adviser to the Taoiseach

E. O'Leary, AP G. Shaw, P/Sec.

3. Meeting with Prime Minister of Spain.

Security

4. Meeting with President of European Parliament.

5. Meeting with Prime Minister of Italy.

6. Multilateral meetings in EPP context, with Heads of State and Governments of Germany, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and the President of the European Commission.

20-23 June

Florence

European Council

Taoiseach

Minister Mitchell, MoS for European Affairs

F. Murray, Secretary to the Government

Ministerial Air Transport & Commercial flight

European Council.

Mrs. Bruton

B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

A. Dunning, P.O.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

D. Johnstone, Personal Assistant to the Taoiseach

Security

C. Carey, Clerical Assistant

[1090][1091]23-25 June

Malta

Official visit

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air

1. Meeting with Prime Minister of Malta.

Mrs. Bruton

Transport

B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec. S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

2. Meeting and lunch with President of Malta and Mrs. Bonnici.

G. Shaw, P/Sec. D. Johnstone, Personal Assistant to the Taoiseach

3. Talk at Valletta Chamber of Commerce. 4. Meeting with Irish Community.

Security

5. Dinner hosted by Prime Minister of Malta.

10-11 July

Luxembourg and Paris

Meetings with various European Heads of State and Governments and others Meeting with Jacques Chirac

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Multilateral meetings, in EPP context, with Heads of State and Governments of Germany, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and the President of the European Commission. 2. Meeting with President of France.

Mrs. Bruton

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

R. Dooney, Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

G. Shaw, P/Sec. Security

8-13 September

Washington

Address to US Congress

Taoiseach Mrs. Bruton

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with President of USA.

P. Teahon, Secretary S. Kenny, Govt. Press

2. Meeting with Congressional Leaders.

Secretary A. Dunning, P.O.

3. Address to US Congress.

G. Shaw, P/Sec. K. Gilna, Personal

4. Meeting with US journalists.

Assistant to the Taoiseach Security

5. Meeting with Friends of Ireland/Ad Hoc Committee

17-18 September

Strasbourg

Address to European Parliament

Taoiseach Minister Mitchell, MoS for European Affairs

Ministerial Air Transport

1. EPP Meeting. 2. Meeting with Irish MEPs.

B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec. S. Kenny, Govt. Press

3. Address to European Parliament.

Secretary R. Dooney, Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

4. Lunch with President Santer and President Hänsch.

E. O'Leary, AP

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

B. Murphy, Personal Assistant to MoS Mitchell

C. Macey, Special Adviser to MoS Mitchell Security

26 September-1 October

Paris and Japan

EU-Japan Summit

Taoiseach F. Murray, Secretary to the Government S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

Ministerial Air Transport to Paris and Commercial flight to Japan

1. Meeting with Head of Mission of European Commission to Japan. 2. Reception for Japanese business people.

G. Shaw, P/Sec. Capt. McQuillan, Aide-de-Camp to the Taoiseach

3. Reception for Irish Community. 4. Bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan.

5. Audience with Emperor of Japan.

6. EU-Japan Meeting with Prime Minister of Japan.

7. Debriefing of EU Ambassadors on outcome of Summit.

[1092][1093]14-16 November

Athens and Rome

Pre-Dublin II tour of Capitals (Athens) and attendance at World Food Summit in Rome

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air

1. Meeting with Prime

Mrs. Bruton

Transport

Minister of Greece.

B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

2. Meeting with

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

President of Greece.

Secretary

3. World Food Summit Assembly.

D. Ingoldsby, Asst.

Private Secretary

4. Meeting with Prime Minister of China.

B. Boylan, AP (Acting)

Security

5. Meeting with Prime Minister of South Korea.

6. Meeting with Prime Minister of Rwanda.

7. Meeting with Prime Minister of Malta.

8. Meeting with Vice-President of Iran.

9. Meeting with Vice-President of Argentina.

10. Meeting with Executive Director of World Food Programme.

21-22 November

Helsinki and Vienna

Pre-Dublin II tour of Capitals

Taoiseach B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with Prime Minister of Finland.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

2. Meeting with President of Finland.

A. Dunning, P.O. G. Shaw, P/Sec.

3. Meeting with Chancellor of Austria.

Security

24-27 November

Lisbon, Madrid, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Luxembourg and Rome

Pre-Dublin II tour of Capitals

Taoiseach B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec. N. Reddy, Press Officer A. Dunning, P.O. G. Shaw, P/Sec. Security

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with Prime Minister of Portugal. 2. Meeting with Prime Minister of Spain. 3. Meeting with Prime Minister of Sweden.

4. Meeting with Prime Minister of Denmark.

5. Meeting with Prime Minister of Luxembourg.

6. Meeting with Prime Minister of Italy.

1-3 December

Lisbon

OSCE Conference

Taoiseach

Minister Mitchell, MoS for European Affairs S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

G. Shaw, P/Sec. E. O'Leary A.P.

Security

Ministerial Air Transport

1. OSCE Summit Meeting. 2. Meeting with President of Ukraine. 3. Meeting with Prime Ministers of Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

4. Meeting with Prime Minister of Canada.

5. Meeting with President of Belarus.

6. Meeting with 8 Portuguese MEPs.

5-6 December

Brussels and Bonn

Pre-Dublin II tour of Capitals

Taoiseach B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

Ministerial Air Transport

1. Meeting with President Santer.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press Secretary

2. Meeting with Prime Minister of Belgium.

R. Dooney, Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

3. EPP Council and Summit meetings.

E. O'Leary A.P. G. Shaw, P/Sec.

4. Meeting with Chancellor of Germany.

Security

[1094][1095]9-10 December

London and

Pre-Dublin II

Taoiseach

Ministerial Air

1. Meeting with Prime

Paris

tour of Capitals

Mrs. Bruton

Transport

Minister of Britain.

P. Teahon, Secretary B. McCarthy, Asst. Sec.

2. Meeting with President of France.

W. Kirwan, Asst. Sec.

S. Kenny, Govt. Press

Secretary

A. Dunning, P.O.

G. Shaw, P/Sec.

Security

15-18 December

Washington D.C. and Ottawa

EU-US Summit and EU-Canada Summit

Taoiseach Mr. F. Murray, Secretary to the Government Mr. S. Kenny, Govt.

Ministerial Air Transport *Commercial Flight

1. Meeting with Journalists. 2. EU-US Meeting with President of USA.

Press Secretary G. Shaw, P/Sec.

3. Bilateral meeting with President of USA.

Security *Mr. A. Dunning, P.O.

4. EU-Canada Summit with Prime Minister of Canada.