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Taoiseach to address British-Irish assembly in Donegal

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Taoiseach to address British-Irish assembly in Donegal

Taoiseach to address British-Irish assembly in Donegal

It has been announced that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the 46th plenary of the British-Irish Assembly, which will take place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Co Donegal on Monday, 4 March and Tuesday, 5 March.

The theme of the plenary is Energy across Borders - Delivering the Economic Opportunities.

Over the two days of formal sessions, parliamentarians and industry leaders will concentrate on the issues of energy innovation and the development of renewables with a particular focus on how the British and Irish Governments, along with the devolved regional parliaments, can work together on this increasingly important issue.

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, will provide the keynote address while other speakers at the plenary include Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Philip Lowe, director-general for Energy, European Commission; Pat O'Doherty, chief executive of ESB; Fintan Slye, chief executive of EirGrid; Tim Cowhig, chief executive of Element Power; Sue Barr, environment and external affairs manager of OpenHydro  and Eddie OConnor, chief executive of Mainstream Renewable Power.

Speaking about the Assembly's forthcoming plenary, co-chairman of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Joe McHugh TD, said: "This plenary session will be attended by legislators from across Ireland and Britain and by energy industry leaders who will discuss how innovation in the energy sector can deliver economic opportunities for our islands.

"In the context of the evolving role of the EU and the changing geo-political landscape, it is more important than ever that we continue to build on the strong British-Irish relationship and that the members of the Assembly are actively engaged in working together to foster greater economic and cultural links between our islands."                                                                                                

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