London, June 2011: NI First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Taoiseach Kenny at the last summit. John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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Youth unemployment on the agenda at British-Irish summit

The 17th council summit gets underway in Dublin this afternoon, where the main issue on the table will be economic developments.

ENDA KENNY returns from London to host the 17th British-Irish Council summit in Dublin Castle today, which will be attended by ministers and politicians from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The council was established under the Good Friday Agreement and today’s summit is expected to focus primarily on economic issues.

The Taoiseach’s office says Kenny will invite the attendees to consider efforts to tackle youth unemployment, while Minister of State at the Department of Health Roisin Shortall will chair a discussion on the recovery and rehabilitation of drug abusers.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is on his first state visit to Ireland today, will attend the summit and will also meet with President Michael D Higgins at the Áras today.

Read more: UK deputy prime minister to visit Áras and Uachtaráin >

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