NI talks to help trade with UK
THE great and good of the British-Irish world gather next month for the "first seminal business and political event to be held in Northern Ireland since the Haass talks ended".
That's not really a ringing endorsement.
The organisers of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference are tight-lipped on who will appear from the political world, but last year the celebrity line-up included British Business Secretary Vince Cable, UK Energy Secretary of State, and our own Pat Rabbitte.
Notable business figures will include Chris Davies of HSBC, Philip Dilley, chairman of ARUP, Anna Malmhake, pictured above, of Irish Distillers and Jack Golden from CRH.
The UK remains our biggest trading partner.
"The flow of goods between Ireland and the UK amounts to €1bn per week," said UK ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott.
"The British-Irish Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference is a key date on the business calendar for businesses on both islands."
Let's hope it goes better than the Haass talks.