» Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Asked if the Prime Minister’s address to Parliament ahead of the Taoiseach was simply a formal introduction, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that the speech would cover the Prime Minister’s personal view of Bertie Ahern and the contribution that he had made to both the peace process and also to wider relations between Britain and Ireland.

Asked what the focus of the bilateral talks would be, Northern Ireland or the EU, the PMOS replied that obviously there would be a progress report on Northern Ireland, but in terms of substance, the EU and their approach to the EU treaty would also be part of discussions.

Asked how it was decided that something like this warranted a Parliamentary address, the PMOS replied that it was discussions between the Prime Minister and the Speaker that decided it, and anyone who had seen recent events in Belfast would understand why we believed that we had reached an historic point. Bertie Ahern was central to that, and the Prime Minister will note in his speech that the Taoiseach has shown great personal commitment right from the Good Friday Agreement on. Not just in ensuring the Peace Process, but in reaching out to Unionism and Loyalism, and this was a fitting way to mark that contribution.

Asked who last addressed Parliament, the PMOS replied that it was Kofi Annan.

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