Friday 15 December 2017

Enda Kenny to give briefing on Ireland’s economic progress to UK counterparts today

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is to give his UK counterparts an update on Ireland's path to economic recovery.

Mr Kenny and communication minister Pat Rabbitte will attend the British Irish Council (BIC) summit being hosted in Stirling Castle.

The summit is the 18th held since the inaugural meeting of the BIC, which was established under the Good Friday Agreement to promote the special relationships between the eight member administrations across the islands.

The Taoiseach will also hold a separate meeting with Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, which will focus on the positive bilateral relations between both countries.

The council will discuss developments in each administration's economies and on actions being taken to tackle challenges including youth unemployment.

A Government spokesman said Mr Kenny would give an overview of recent developments in the Irish economy and outline Ireland's path to economic recovery, as well as focusing on the close links between the economies of the islands.

"There will also be a detailed discussion on opportunities around marine energy, one of the key work streams being progressed under the BIC," he added.

Since the last summit was hosted by the Taoiseach in Dublin in January, the Standing Secretariat of the BIC has been established in Edinburgh.

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