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Taoiseach to Attend North/South Ministerial Council in Armagh


The Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen TD, will today lead the Irish Government delegation at the Eleventh Plenary Meeting of the North South Ministerial Council.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, the Taoiseach said:

" Today's meeting is a crucial discussion of important economic issues that affect the daily lives of everyone on the island of Ireland. Now, more than ever, we are committed to work together for economic recovery and a brighter future on this island.

I have been honoured to be able to participate in all 11 plenary meetings of the North South Ministerial Council which have taken place since the Good Friday Agreement.

The opening of the NSMC Joint Secretariat offices here in Armagh is another significant event which reflects the enormous and historic transformation in the politics of this island in recent years. "

The main topic for discussion at the meeting will be the economic challenges which continue to face both parts of the island. There will be a discussion of actions which are being taken by each administration to help bring about economic recovery and how best both can co-operate in those efforts.

The meeting will be held in the new headquarters of the Joint Secretariat to the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh and will be hosted by the North's First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Later, the new headquarters will be officially opened by the Taoiseach, the First Minister and deputy First Minister.