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Economy the focus of Taoiseach’s London visit

Wind farms on Ireland’s west coast will also be on the agenda.

Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte during the 2007 general election.
Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte during the 2007 general election.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association Images

THE TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny is in London today for a meeting of the British-Irish Council, where economic co-operation will be the main issue on the agenda.

Kenny is with the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte where discussions with British counterparts will include the economic situation as well as “substantive” discussions on all-islands approach to energy matters.

The Taoiseach will also hold separate bilateral talks with Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as well as Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond.

It was reported in yesterday’s Observer newspaper that the meetings will be the subject of discussions about the possible construction of wind farms on Ireland’s west coast that could provide power to neighbouring countries, including Britain.

It will be the first meeting of the council since the new government was formed in Ireland and since recent assembly elections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The British-Irish Council was set up under the Good Friday Agreement with its aim to “promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the peoples of these islands”.

The council meeting at Lancaster House in London will also be attended by the Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson and his deputy Martin McGuinness.

Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones and representatives from the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will also be in attendance.

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