Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
123. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when he expects the legal advice from the Attorney General on the EU treaty and its ratification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9642/12]
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): As the Deputy will be aware, following agreement on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union at the informal meeting of the European Council on 30 January, and a subsequent meeting of the Government, I sought the views of the Attorney General formally on what will be required by way of ratification in Ireland. The Attorney General is now studying the legal implications carefully, and will, in due course, deliver her advice. There is no deadline for this work, the Attorney General will take whatever time she needs.
Once her advice is received, the Government will consider it and will take whatever steps are necessary. As the Deputy will be aware, members of the Government are not officially responsible to the Dáil for advice they may have received or sought from the Attorney General.
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