Below is the summary of the meeting between John Major and the Irish Taoiseach, Charles Haughey. The meeting was held at the Government Buildings in Dublin on 4th December 1991.
1. The Taoiseach and Prime Minister met in Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday 4th December 1991. They discussed a range of issues including the negotiations, within the European Community, to prepare for the forthcoming European Council at Maastricht, and issues in Anglo-
2. The Taosieach was accompanied at the meeting by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Gerard Collins TD and the Minister for Finance, Mr Bertie Ahern TD. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Rt. Hon Peter Brooke MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Mr Tristan Garel-
3. The Taoiseach and Prime Minister were in agreement as to the benefits of membership of the Community for Ireland and Britain, both economically and in their international relations. They will work for a successful outcome of the European Council in Maastricht next week and for agreement on a Treaty on European Union. Among the matters discussed in this context were issues in relation to economic and monetary union, the development of a common foreign and security policy, European Parliament, cohesion, social policy, competence and majority voting.
4. The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister had a full discussion of current issues in Anglo-
5. They re-
6. The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister had an exchange of views on the current security situation in Northern Ireland with particular reference to the recent escalation in the level of violence and in sectarian murders. They reiterated their condemnation of violence and emphasised the appalling human suffering and the unemployment and social and economic damage it causes. They re-
7. The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister discussed a range of bilateral economic issues. They are conscious of the opportunities and challenges which will open up for both countries and both parts of Ireland with the removal of economic barriers throughout the Community, and progress towards European Union. They underlined the potential for North/South cooperation in areas such as services, energy, trade, tourism, health, agriculture, planning and transport and other infrastructure.
8. The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister agreed that the special nature and depth of the Anglo-