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The European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, was in Dublin where he addressed a joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad. I was also happy to have the opportunity to speak to him on a one to one basis in my office.
As Ireland stands to be more affected than any other Member State by the UK's departure from the European Union, his visit here at this time was obviously of great importance and significance.
I reiterated to Mr Barnier the Government’s satisfaction with the fact that Ireland’s specific concerns have been fully acknowledged in the recently published Brexit guidelines and that supporting and protecting the achievements, benefits and commitments of the Peace Process; avoiding a hard border; and protecting the Common Travel Area will now be addressed as part of the withdrawal negotiations. This is very welcome indeed.
On Friday, I addressed the 56th annual ACI Annual World Congress with the Convention Centre in the heart of Dublin City once again providing the ideal backdrop to showcase Ireland’s many strengths as a place in which to do business. I hope that the delegates who are visiting from around the world will each enjoy their time in our capital.
I welcomed Prince Charles to Government Buildings on his third official visit to Ireland. Britain is both our closest neighbour and trading partner, and of course this is a relationship we wish to develop even further both during Brexit and beyond.
On Saturday, I cycled 60km in aid of a number of charities with Deputy Tony McLoughlin in Sligo.
Yours sincerely,Enda Kenny TD