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Irish exports body to visit Iran

ENTERPRISE Ireland is to visit Iran in the New Year to scope out potential opportunities for exporters.

It will be the first visit by the agency in more than seven years. The semi-state body - tasked with helping to foster exporting companies - will then draw up a strategy to help support companies that want to explore the market further.

But Jobs Minister Richard Bruton (inset) said there were no plans for a trade mission to Iran next year.

"Due to the EU sanctions that have been in place, Enterprise Ireland has not considered Iran a focus market for some time and has concentrated all efforts on developing opportunities in other more accessible Middle Eastern markets," Mr Bruton said.