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Boost for exports

IRISH exports to Asia have been boosted by a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in Brussels, according to the Minister for Trade and Commerce, Billy Kelleher TD.

This is the first significant FTA since the European Union's trade strategy was redefined by Global Europe -- the EU's trade policy statement issued in 2006.

The agreement with South Korea, signed today at a Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, is the first flagship trade deal under that policy.