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Minister Deenihan meets Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, today met Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs to discuss closer collaboration in areas including business and education.

Speaking after their meeting in Government Buildings, Minister Deenihan said:


“This has been an extraordinary year for Scotland and its people. Ireland enjoys a close relationship with Scotland extending right across government, business and cultural activity. Strong trade figures in both directions prove the great potential of further enhanced Irish-Scottish relations, while we work closely together in various fora such as the European Union and the British Irish Council.


“During the course of our meeting, we discussed potential areas where Ireland and Scotland can improve collaboration, including in business and education. I also briefed Minister Hyslop on the Government’s forthcoming Diaspora Strategy and my engagement with the Irish diaspora in Britain and around the world.”


The meeting comes ahead of Ireland’s football tie with Scotland in Glasgow on 14 November.


“We also discussed the important upcoming football match in Glasgow, which will see Irish fans travelling to Scotland. Travel advice for fans is now available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website. It should be a good match and while our two countries are great friends, I of course hope the result is in Ireland’s favour.”


This afternoon Ms Hyslop will address the Institute of International and European Affairs on the topic of ‘The Scottish Referendum and Prospects for Constitutional Reform’. This is Ms Hyslop’s second visit to Ireland this year.




Notes to the Editor


• Photos from Maxwells will issue to photodesks shortly.

• The UK represents Ireland’s most important economic relationship, with two-way trade approaching €1 billion a week. Scotland is a very significant part of the exchange, with two way trade between Ireland and Scotland showing double-digit percentage growth in both directions.

• Ireland will play Scotland on 14 November in Glasgow with thousands of Irish supporters expected to travel to Scotland for the match. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has prepared dedicated travel advice for fans travelling.

• Ireland is represented in Scotland by its Consulate General.