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Taoiseach to attend the British Irish Council Summit Cardiff

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today attend an extraordinary meeting of the British Irish Council (BIC) being hosted in Cardiff by the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones.

This extraordinary Summit provides an opportunity to discuss the implications of the UK EU referendum result for all Member Administrations, including those that are not part of the EU. This Cardiff meeting will be the twenty seventh to be held since the inaugural meeting of the BIC in 1999.

The Taoiseach will be accompanied to the meeting by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan T.D. The meeting will also be attended by new UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland First Minister, Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness as well as the Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and representatives from all other Member Administrations.

The British-Irish Council established under the Good Friday Agreement continues to play a valuable role in developing and furthering links between its eight Member Administrations. It provides a dynamic forum for exchange of information and collaboration on policies of mutual interest and it fosters positive, practical relationships across these islands.

A Communiqué will issue from the BIC at the conclusion of the Summit.