British Irish Council summit has kicked off in Fermanagh

A British Irish Council summit meeting has begun in Co Fermanagh.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 11:48 am

Cabinet minister Michael Gove and Taoiseach Micheal Martin were among politicians being hosted at the event by Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

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British Irish Council summit (clockwise from left) Chief Minister of Jersey Senator John Le Fondre, First Minister Arlene Foster, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Chief Minister of the Isle of Man Howard Quayle and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill at the British Irish Council summit in Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

Ahead of the discussions, Mrs Foster welcomed the participants to “wonderful Fermanagh”.

“I am just really pleased that we can have this British Irish Council in person,” she said.

Ms O’Neill added: “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting the BIC meeting here today and it is absolutely brilliant to see people in the place and have face to face conversations again.

“We have a lot to talk about with Covid recovery, we are struggling with the same challenges, our society are all facing the same challenges, so it’s really important that we learn from each other and plan for the future.”

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