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506. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide details of all official foreign trips she and Ministers of State in her Department plan to take between now and the end of 2015; if she will provide details of whom she and the Ministers of State in her Department will be meeting on these trips; the purpose of these trips; the duration of these trips; her plans to use all of these trips to promote Ireland as a good place for doing business, and as a destination for foreign direct investment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20444/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The foreign travel that I and the Ministers of State in my Department plan to undertake between now and the end of 2015 involves primarily EU business such as attendance at EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Councils. For the remainder of 2015 Justice and Home Affairs Councils are scheduled for 15-16 June 2015, 9-10 July 2015, 8-9 October 2015 and 3-4 December 2015.
Further overseas travel for the period in question is currently being considered or is in the early stages of planning. It would not be appropriate at this point to provide details of anticipated or possible foreign travel expect to say that it will be undertaken in the context of Ministerial responsibilities, Government priorities, and for the purposes of advancing international cooperation in areas such policing, data protection and other aspects of EU policy development and cooperation.
It should also be noted that from time to time the need to travel overseas arises at short notice which clearly at this remove could not be anticipated.