I am delighted to have a brief opportunity to contribute to the debate. The next meeting of the European Council will take place in Brussels tomorrow and Friday, where there will be discussions on migration, including reform of the Common European Asylum System, CEAS, the economy and multi-annual financial framework, PESCO and co-operation with NATO, and, most important for us, Brexit. On Sunday last, 16 of the 28 EU leaders held a mini-summit hosted by the Commission on the migration crisis. We have noted the fallout between the Council and the Commission regarding the organisation of that summit. It is clear that migration will be one of the most contentious issues on which to find consensus during the summit. A pan-European approach to migration is essential, particularly as we think of people who have died trying to cross into Europe because they wanted to migrate here.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has questioned both the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, and the Taoiseach a number of times this year on the possibility of Ireland hosting a Eurozone debt conference, on the possibility of significant write-downs of both Greek and Irish debt and more recently, on a possible two-year moratorium on Greek debt repayments to allow the Greek budget and economy to re-stabilise.