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Taoiseach in Wales for British-Irish Council

Education and economy will be the main topics up for discussion.

Image: Yves Logghe/AP/Press Association Images

AN TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny and Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald are in Wales this morning for the 19th British-Irish council summit.

It will be the third time the leaders will gather this year.

Taking place at Cardiff Castle, the summit will examine the countries’ Early Years policy and Fitzgerald will speak on behalf of the Irish government.

The economy will also be on the agenda with the host country hoping to share ideas about how infrastructure projects can boost business.

Kenny will provide an overview of developments at the recent European Council and discuss the Irish Presidency of the European Union, which begins on 1 January 2013.

A spokesperson from the government press office said he will also outline Ireland’s path to recovery and the close links between the economies of the participating islands.

This will be followed by a discussion by member administrations on developments in their respective economies and specifically on public investment in infrastructure, as a means to promote economic growth.

The BIC was established under the Good Friday Agreement to promote the special relationships between the eight members – Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

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