Tánaiste discusses situation in Ukraine with Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President11 June 2014
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today met Madame Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, to discuss the promotion of democracy, rule of law, and human rights, particularly in Ukraine.
Praising the work of the Council of Europe, the Tánaiste said:
“Ireland is firmly committed to the principles of the Council of Europe and values the work it is doing in Ukraine where those principles have been brazenly challenged. Ireland will support the efforts of the Council, including the important work of the Parliamentary Assembly.”
The visit of Madame Brasseur to Ireland comes at the invitation of the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Eireann, Senator Paddy Burke.
Madame Brasseur will also pay a courtesy call on President Michael D. Higgins, and will meet with the Ceann Comhairle, members of the Irish delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and will formally address Seanad Eireann.
11 June 2014
Notes to the editor:
• The Council of Europe (CoE) was established in 1949, in the wake of the Second World War, with the aim of promoting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. Ireland is one of the ten founding members. Membership has grown steadily – particularly since the fall of the Berlin wall – and the CoE now comprises 47 Member States (every country in Europe with the exception of Kosovo and Belarus).
• The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a deliberative body consisting of representatives nominated by national parliaments. It meets four times a year in Strasbourg for week-long plenary sessions. The PACE’s functions include the adoption of reports and recommendations on various political and social issues, monitoring of member states’ compliance with commitments, the selection of judges for the European Court of Human Rights, and the election of the CoE’s Secretary-General.
• Ireland’s delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly currently consists of:
- Joe O’Reilly, T.D. (Chair) (Fine Gael)
- Senator Terry Leyden (Fianna Fail)
- Michael McNamara, T.D. (Labour)
- Currently Vacant
- Senator Jim D’Arcy (Fine Gael)
- Olivia Mitchell T.D. (Fine Gael)
- Senator Kathryn Reilly (Sinn Fein)
- Currently Vacant
• Mme Anne Brasseur has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg since 1979 (with a break between 1999 – 2004) and is a former Minister for Education and Sport. She has considerable Council of Europe experience and has been a PACE member from Luxembourg for over 15 years, contributing as rapporteur to themes in various areas.