Tuesday 24 October 2017

Top EU negotiator Barnier to address Dáil

European Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Picture: REUTERS/Eric Vidal
European Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Picture: REUTERS/Eric Vidal

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is to make a rare address to the Dáil.

Mr Barnier will appear before a joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad on Thursday, where he will deliver a speech on his priorities for the Brexit negotiations.

The leaders of the main parties and groupings will then make short statements.

The honour of addressing the Dáil is usually reserved for visiting presidents and prime ministers, and even then only on special occasions. It will be the first time since the then EU Parliament president Martin Schulz addressed the Houses five years ago.

In the past decade it has occurred only four times. Among those to have previously made Dáil speeches are Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Regan and John F Kennedy.

Mr Barnier's visit coincides with a meeting of the European People's Party in Druid's Glen.

Irish Independent

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