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Strengthening Irish links

First Minister meets Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney met today to discuss building stronger ties between the two nations.


The Irish and Scottish governments recently launched a joint bilateral review to look at how the countries can work together over the next five years.


This review will examine a wide range of areas such as business and our economies, developing academic and research links. Collaborative work to help our rural, coastal and island communities will also be explored.


The First Minister said:


“Ireland and Scotland already enjoy close political, economic, community and cultural ties, but we are committed to strengthening those deep bonds.


“There is scope to collaborate across key policy areas that have the potential for greater rewards that will help shaping our shared future.


“The review will aid that process by consolidating existing ties in a new international environment and unlocking the relationship’s further potential.”


Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney said:


Ireland and Scotland have ancient links. At the same time, ours is a vibrant, modern, forward-looking relationship, grounded in shared values and common interests.


Over the coming months, we doing something new together, and through the review, I hope we can take our relationship to a new level, for the mutual benefit of the people of Ireland and Scotland. 




The review will be led by the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh and the Scottish Government Hub in Dublin. More information about the joint bilateral review.


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