'Strong support for EU membership here'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the EU's chief Brexit negotiator that there is "strong support" in Ireland for membership of the EU.
Mr Kenny used a meeting with Michel Barnier on October 12 to "emphasise and explain in some detail Ireland's unique set of concerns" arising from Brexit".
"My exchange with Mr Barnier was open and constructive.
"He is well-known to us in Ireland, given his various roles at national and EU levels," the Taoiseach told the Dáil. "Consequently, he understands our close historical, political and economic ties with the UK."
Mr Kenny said he briefed Mr Barnier on the "various strands" of work taking place here to prepare for Brexit.
"Given the critical role of Mr Barnier and the commission, it was also useful to hear his thoughts about the process and how negotiations might be handled in the next critical phase," Mr Kenny said, adding they would work closely together in the months ahead.