The Government has undertaken a programme of extensive engagement, both with our EU partners, the EU institutions, and further afield.  

Brexit is top of the agenda for all meetings with our European Union counterparts, both our fellow member states and also with the representatives of the EU Institutions.

June 2017

Minister Coveney meets with EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, Luxembourg, 20 June 2017

Minister Creed to host Brexit Discussion for fisheries sector, Dublin, 19 June 2017

Minister Creed leads major agri-food trade mission to the USA and Mexico, Dublin, 17 June 2017

Taoiseach holds extensive meetings with DUP & Sinn Féin leaders on Brexit, Dublin, 16 June 2017

Minister Coveney welcomes announcement on start of Brexit negotiations, Dublin, 16 June 2017

Minister Noonan publishes brochure promoting Dublin as new location for the European Banking Authority, Dublin, 13 June 2017

Minister Creed hosts All-Island Sectoral Dialogue for the Equine and Greyhound Sectors, Portlaoise, 9 June 2017

Minister Flanagan and Danish Foreign Minister to visit Border region for Brexit discussions, Dublin, 2 June 2017

May 2017

Minister Flanagan continues bilateral discussions on Brexit in Austria and Slovenia, Vienna, 31 May 2017

Minister of State Breen launches 'Brexit SME Scorecard' for LEO Clients, Dublin, 30 May 2017

Minister Flanagan gives keynote address on Brexit at Institute for International and European Affairs, Dublin, 26 May 2017

Minister Harris meets EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety to discuss the implications of Brexit for the health sector, Dublin, 23 May 2017

Minister of State for European Affairs and EU counterparts agree detailed mandate for opening of negotiations with the UK, Brussels, 22 May 2017

Statement by An Taoiseach at British Irish Chamber of Commerce Seminar, Dublin, 18 May 2017

Statement by An Taoiseach during exchange of views with Michel Barnier, Chief EU Brexit Negotiator, Dublin, 11 May 2017

Minister Mitchell O'Connor in Brussels for Foreign Affairs Council on Trade, Brussels, 11 May 2017

Statement by An Taoiseach on Ireland's Negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Dublin, 9 May 2017

Minister Breen in Estonia to discuss Brexit and the Single Market, Tallinn, 8 May 2017

Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes survey on Irish SMEs views on Brexit, Dublin, 4 May 2017

Minister Creed hosts fourth All-Island Civic Dialogue for Agri-food sector, Dublin, 3 May 2017

Minister Dara Murphy in Portugal to discuss EU Affairs, Lisbon, 2 May 2017

April 2017

Minister Harris launches Dublin bid for European Medicines Agency re-location, Dublin, 28 April 2017

Minister Dara Murphy in Luxembourg for Brexit discussions, Luxembourg, 26 April 2017

Minister Flanagan delivers keynote speech at DCU Conference on "The Law and Politics of Brexit", Dublin, 20 April 2017

Minister Breen in Belgium for Enterprise Ireland Trade Event and Brexit discussions, Antwerp, 20 April 2017

Minister Breen in Hungary to discuss Brexit and the Single Market, Budapest, 11 April 2017

Statement by An Taoiseach on Brexit, Dublin, 5 April 2017

Statement by An Táinaiste on Brexit, Dublin, 5 April 2017

Statement by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan on Brexit, Dublin, 5 April 2017

Minister Flanagan welcomes European Parliament resolution on Brexit, Dublin, 5 April 2017

Minister Dara Murphy in Lithuania for Brexit meetings, Vilnius, 5 April 2017

Minister for Agriculture holds multiple bilateral meetings on Brexit, Luxembourg, 3 April 2017

Minister Flanagan attending EU Foreign Affairs Council to discuss Syria, Yemen and Libya, and hold bilateral meetings with Sweden and Austria on Brexit, Luxembourg, 3 April 2017

March 2017

Government Statement on the triggering of Article 50, Dublin, 29 March 2017

Statement by Minister Flanagan on Brexit and Northern Ireland, Dublin, 29 March 2017

Minister for Jobs travels to Copenhagen to discuss Brexit and the Single Market, Copenhagen, Wednesday 29 March 2017

Minister Noonan discusses Brexit with Chancellor Hammond, Dublin 29 March 2017

Creed Meets Polish Agriculture Minister to Discuss Brexit, Warsaw, 29 March 2017

Minister Harris speaks at EMA Stakeholder Engagement Event, Dublin, 28 March 2017

Creed Meets with Estonian Rural Affairs Minister on Brexit ahead of Estonian Presidency of E.U. Council, Tallinn, 28 March 2017

Minister Stanton attends EU Justice and Home Affairs Council to discuss migration, security and counter-terrorism , Brussels, 28 March 2017

Creed continues Brexit bilateral discussions with meetings in Estonia and Poland, 28 March 2017

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, 25 March 2017

Dublin is the perfect new home for the European Medicines Agency – Minister Corcoran Kennedy, Dublin 23 March 2017

Minister of State Murphy travels to Rome for further Brexit engagement, Rome, 22 March 2017

Minister for Jobs travels to the Hague as part of Government’s Brexit Strategy, The Hague, 20 March 2017

Creed Continues Comprehensive Series Of Brexit Bilateral Meetings With Dialogue In Copenhagen With Danish Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, Copenhagen, 17 March 2017

Minister Harris speaks at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference, Dublin, 16 March 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan to discuss the future of the EU, bilateral cooperation & Brexit with Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on St Patrick’s Day, Rome, 16 March 2017

Minister Creed meets his Dutch counterpart, Martijn Van Dam to discuss Brexit, The Hague, 16 March 2017

Minister Bruton Departs for a Series of Brexit Related Meetings in London, London, 14 March 2017

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. welcomes plan for RTÉ services to the Irish community in Britain, Dublin, 10 March 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet with Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, Cardiff, 10 March 2017 

Foreign Minister of Luxembourg in Dublin for Brexit talks with Minister Charlie Flanagan, Dublin, 10 March 2017

Minister Coveney’s address at the “Ireland: A New Gateway to Europe” forum, Toronto, 10 March 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny to attend meeting of the European Council, Brussels, 9 March 2017

Minister Dara Murphy meets with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister for talks on EU digital agenda and Brexit, Brussels, 9 March 2017

Taoiseach launches new trade strategy - Ireland Connected, Dublin, 8 March 2017

Statement by Minister Charlie Flanagan T.D. following meetings at Stormont Castle, Belfast, 8 March 2017

Statement by the Taoiseach to the Dáil on the Meeting of the European Council, Brussels, Dublin, 8 March 2017 

Minister of State Murphy discusses Brexit with counterparts as Europe Ministers meet ahead of leaders’ summit, Brussels, 7 March 2017

Minister Flanagan to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels to discuss the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, migration, Egypt, the Western Balkans and the Middle East Peace Process, Brussels, 6 March 2017

Taoiseach speaks to Prime Minister May following Northern Ireland Assembly elections, Dublin, 5 March 2017

Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Northern Ireland elections and the way forward, Dublin, 5 March 2017

Taoiseach visits Brussels as part of programme of strategic Brexit engagement, Brussels, 2 March 2017

February 2017

Minister of State Murphy visits Norway, Norway, 28 February 2017

Minister Dara Murphy welcomes EU Poll showing high public support for Ireland’s future in the EU, Dublin, 28 February 2017

Minister Eoghan Murphy in Brussels and London to advance government priorities in financial services, Brussels, 28 February 2017

Minister Mitchell O’Connor tells Retail Consultation Forum their challenges will feed into Government’s Brexit response, Dublin, 27 February 2017

Minister Charlie Flanagan undertakes official visit to Japan, Japan, 27 February 2017

Minister Flanagan visits Belfast and Armagh to address the Centre for Cross Border Studies annual conference and to deliver the annual Pat Finucane Lecture, Armagh, 24 February 2017

Minister Creed Leads Major Irish Agri-Food Trade Mission to the Gulf States, Gulf States, 24 February 2017

Minister Flanagan meets his Australian counterpart, the Hon. Julie Bishop M.P., in Dublin, Dublin, 24 February 2017

Address by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan Centre for Cross Border Studies Annual Conference, Armagh, 23 February 2017

Taoiseach meets President Juncker in Brussels for Brexit talks, Brussels, 23 February 2017

Minister Flanagan to have talks with Speaker of the German Parliament, Dublin, 22 February 2017

Speech for Minister of State Eoghan Murphy TD - Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) – Brexit Series, Dublin, 22 February 2017

Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid Joe McHugh T.D in London for series of engagements with the Irish Community, Business leaders and British Parliamentarians, London, 22 February 2017

Speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Second Plenary Meeting of the All Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit, Dublin, 17 February 2017

Second Plenary of the All Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit, Dublin, 17 February 2017

Address by the Taoiseach on Ireland at the heart of a changing European Union, Dublin, 15 February 2017

Minister Flanagan meets Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Dublin, 14 February 2017

Opening address by Minister Flanagan at the All-island sectoral civic dialogue on Human Rights under the Good Friday Agreement, Kildare, 13 February 2017

Minister Flanagan convenes All-Island Civic Dialogue on Human Rights under the Good Friday Agreement, Kildare, 13 February 2017

Minister Flanagan completes a day of Brexit meetings in Brussels before travelling on to Helsinki to meet the Finnish Foreign Minister, Brussels, 9 February 2017

Minister Flanagan travels to Brussels for a series of meetings on Brexit, Brussels, 9 February 2017

Statement by Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, Dublin, 9 February 2017

Creed hosts All-Island Civic Dialogue for the Agri-food sector, Meath, 8 February 2017

The impacts of Brexit and future direction of Ireland’s trade policy addressed as Minister Flanagan chairs the Export Trade Council, Dublin, 7 February 2017

‘Maintaining EU focus on jobs, growth and competitiveness is key to delivering for citizens’ – Murphy, Brussels, 7 February 2017

Tánaiste meets UK Home Secretary in London, London, 6 February 2017

Minister Humphreys hosts Sectoral Dialogue on Brexit in Cavan, Cavan, 6 February 2017

Speech by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD at the Opening of the All-Island Brexit Civic Dialogue on Energy, Roscommon, 6 February 2017

Minister Harris in Brussels to discuss Brexit and the European Medicines Agency, Brussels, 6 February 2017

Speech by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. at the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs, Dublin, 1 February 2017

Creed hosts Sectoral Dialogue for the Seafood Sector - Irish Seafood Sector plans for Brexit, Dublin, 2 February 2017

January 2017

Taoiseach and Prime Minister May Summit, Dublin, 30 January 2017

Jobs Minister says her Department is ready for challenges and opportunities of Brexit, 27 January 2017

Tánaiste meets EU colleagues in Valetta for talks on counter-terrorism, migration and shared information systems, Valetta, 27 January 2017

Creed Meets Commissioner Hogan to Review Brexit And Other Issues, Dublin, 27 January 2017 

Taoiseach media briefing, Dublin, 26 January 2017

Minister Dara Murphy T.D. remarks on recent commentary about Brexit and Ireland’s EU membership, Dublin, 25 January 2017

Minister Dara Murphy and EU Ministers hold discussions on the future of Europe and Malta’s Presidency priorities ahead of Valletta Summit, 24 January 2017

Taoiseach opens European Financial Forum, Dublin, 24 January 2017

Minister Harris visits European Medicines Agency (EMA), London, 23 January 2017

Ministers host All-Island dialogues on Brexit and implications for Transport and Tourism, Dundalk, 23 January 2017

Creed attends major Agriculture Ministers' Conference in Berlin, Berlin, 20 January 2017

Minister Flanagan addresses EU Ambassadors on Ireland’s preparations for Brexit negotiations, Dublin, 20 January 2017

Minister McHugh meets Irish community in London, London, 20 January 2017

Taoiseach attends World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 18 January 2017

Government statement on Brexit, Dublin, 17 January 2017

Taoiseach speaks with PM May by phone, Dublin, 17 January 2017

Taoiseach meets Prime Minister Rajoy, Madrid, 11 January 2017

December 2016

Creed hosts first All-Island Civic Dialogue for the Agri-Food Sector - €1.6m extra resources for Bord Bia on Brexit related activities, 16 December 2016

Taoiseach to attend meeting of the European Council, Brussels, 15 December 2016

Keynote Address by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the European Movement Ireland Christmas Members Event, 15 December 2016 

Minister Halligan hears views from Further Education and Training Sector regarding Brexit, Dublin, 14 December 2016

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine stresses Irish Brexit priorities to UK counterpart Andrea Leadsom, 1 December 2016 

November 2016

Taoiseach travels to the U.S. for three-day business programme, 30 November 2016

Address by Minister of State Eoghan Murphy Irish Funds 4th Annual UK Symposium ETC Venues, London, 25 November 2016

Speech by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Ireland France Business Awards, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, 24 November 2016

Joint Communique from the North South Ministerial Council, 18 November 2016

Remarks by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone North South Ministerial Council, Armagh, 18 November 2016

Irish Times Brexit Summit - Keynote address by the Taoiseach, Dublin, 7 November 2016

Minister's Address to AEJ Conference: Brexit and its implications for Europe, Kilkenny, 4 November 2016

Speech by the Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny TD Newry Junior Chamber, Newry, 3 November 2016

Minister Flanagan closing speech at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit, Dublin, 2 November 2016

Taoiseach's opening speech at the All-Island Civic Dialogue, Dublin, 2 November 2016

October 2016

Taoiseach attends EU Summit, Brussels, 28 October 2016 

Statement by the Taoiseach in advance of the October meeting of the European Council, 19 October 2016

Budget 2017: Speech by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Dublin, 12 October 2016

Budget 2017: Statement of the Minister for Finance, Dublin, 11 October 2016

Budget 2017: Expenditure Estimates by Minister Paschal Donohoe TD, Dublin 11 October 2016

Seanad Statement by Minister Charlie Flanagan on Brexit, 5 October 2016 

Government Statement on Preparations for Brexit, Dublin, 4 October 2016

September 2016

Launch of BICC Brexit Seminar series by Minister Charlie Flanagan, 29 September 2016

Keynote address by Minister Flanagan at Fordham University, New York, 19 September 2016

Taoiseach attends EU Summit, Bratislava, 16 September 2016

Speech by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D, at the IBEC President’s Dinner, Dublin, 15 September 2016

Remarks by Minister Charlie Flanagan at the British-Irish Association, Oxford, 10 September 2016  

Address by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the British-Irish Association, Oxford, 9 September 2016

Speech by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce President's Dinner, Dublin, 8 September 2016

Press Statement: Taoiseach meets with President Donald Tusk, Dublin, 7 September 2016

July 2016

Statement by Taoiseach Enda Kenny following Meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, London, 26 July 2016

Press Statement: Taoiseach and PM May to meet in Downing Street, London, 26 July 2016 

Communiqué, British-Irish Summit, Cardiff, 22 July 2016

Taoiseach to attend the British Irish Council Summit Cardiff, 22 July 2016

Meeting between Mr Enda Kenny, T.D. Taoiseach and Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic Government Buildings, Joint Statement, Dublin, 21 July 2016

Speech by Minister for Expenditure & Public Reform Paschal Donohoe TD, The Economy: what will and must change after Brexit?, Glenties, 20 July 2016

Speech by Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, MacGill Summer School, 18 July, 2016

Taoiseach Speaks with Prime Minister Theresa May, 13 July 2016

Taoiseach to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel, 12 July 2016

Minister Flanagan sets out Ireland's views post UK referendum to Ambassadors from 75 countries, 10 July 2016

Address by Minister Flanagan, "EU Asia Trade Relations in a Post Brexit World",  6 July 2016

Dáil Statement by Taoiseach on June meeting of the European Council, 5 July 2016

Final joint communique from the North South Ministerial Council, Dublin, 4 July 2016

June 2016

Statement in the Dáil by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD on UK Vote to leave the European Union, 27 June 2016

Statement in the Dáil  on the UK EU Referendum Result by Minister Flanagan TD, 27 June 2016

Statement in the Dáil on the UK EU Referendum Result by the Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, 27 June, 2016

Statement by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, on the UK Vote to Leave the European Union, 24 June 2016

Government Brexit Contingency Plans announced, 24 June 2016

Tánaiste addresses EU UK referendum decision, 24 June 2016

Minister for Finance will maintain Ireland’s economic ties with the UK during their negotiations of a new relationship with the EU, 24 June 2016

Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in response to the outcome of the UK referendum, 24 June 2016

Statement from Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar on the outcome of the UK Referendum, 24 June 2016

Statement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD on UK vote to leave the European Union, 24 June 2016

Minister for European Affairs expresses regret at UK referendum outcome and reaffirms Ireland's place at the heart of Europe, 24 June 2016

Statement on Result of the UK EU Referendum by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD, 24 June 2016

Statement from Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, 24 June 2016

IDA Ireland Comment on Leave Vote in UK European referendum, 24 June 2016

Enterprise Ireland to implement plans to help Irish exporters following UK decision to leave the EU, 24 June 2016

Central Bank of Ireland Statement on the outcome of the UK Referendum, 24 June 2016

NTMA statement following UK EU referendum, 24 June 2016 

Bord Bia statement on UK EU Referendum result, 24 June 2016

Pre-referendum Speeches and Statements

Working together for Stability and Prosperity, Speech by the Taoiseach to Ulster University, 13 June 2016

Press statement: Minister Donohoe in Edinburgh and Newcastle to highlight Irish links and engage on the EU referendum, 8 June 2016

Press statement: Minister Mitchell O'Connor visits Leeds to discuss the EU referendum with business leaders and the Irish community on the last day to register to vote, 7 June 2016

Press statement: Minister Paul Kehoe in Birmingham to engage on EU referendum with Irish community and local business leaders, 24 May 2016

Implications of Brexit for Ireland, Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Bloomberg Conference, Dublin, Friday 13 May 2016

'Why I hope the UK will remain in the European Union' - Blog by the Irish Ambassador to the UK Dan Mulhall, May 2016

Oireachtas statement by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on EU-UK relations, 22 April 2016

Oireachtas statement by An Tánaiste Joan Burton on EU-UK relations, 22 April 2016

Oireachtas statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan on EU-UK relations, 22 April 2016

Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce IIBN Seminar, London, 25 January 2016

Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to Queen's University, Belfast, 26 November 2015

Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the anniversary of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, Iveagh House,12 November 2015

Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Confederation of British Industry, London 9 November 2015

Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan at Chatham House, London, 7 September 2015 

Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the British-Irish Association, Cambridge, 4 September 2015

Oireachtas Statement by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on European Council, 6 June 2015

Address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Confederation of British Industry, Belfast, 23 March 2015

Address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Representing the Global Island conference, Dublin, 13 January 2015

Address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the European Parliament on matters including benefits of EU to Northern Ireland Peace Process and to Trade, Strasbourg,12 September 2013

Updated on 20 June 2017