Kenny to attend British-Irish council


Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to give his  Uk counterparts an update on Ireland’s path to economic recovery.

Mr Kenny and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte will attend the British-Irish Council (BIC) summit being hosted in Stirling Castle.

The summit is the 18th held since the inaugural meeting of the council, which was established under the Belfast Agreement to promote the special relationships between the eight member administrations across the islands.

The Taoiseach will also hold a separate meeting with Scottish first minister Alex Salmond which will focus on the positive bilateral relations between both countries.

The council will discuss developments in each administration’s economies and on actions being taken to tackle challenges including youth unemployment.

A Government spokesman said Mr Kenny would give an overview of recent developments in the Irish economy and outline Ireland’s path to economic recovery, as well as focusing on the close links between the economies of the islands.

“There will also be a detailed discussion on opportunities around marine energy, one of the key work streams being progressed under the BIC,” he added.

Since the last summit was hosted by the Taoiseach in Dublin in January, the Standing Secretariat of the council  has been established in Edinburgh.