19 June 2015
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was in Dublin for the 24th British-Irish Council (BIC) Summit.
It brings together representatives of the Scottish Government, the Irish and British governments and of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as representatives of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. it promotes positive, practical relationships among the people of the islands and provides a forum for consultation and co-operation.
Ahead of the meeting the First Minister called on the UK Government to listen to the voices of Scotland and the other devolved administrations during the on-going renegotiation of terms of membership of the European Union.
— Scotsman (@TheScotsman) June 19, 2015
Ms Sturgeon started a busy day by meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny before heading to the BIC Summit at Dublin Castle where she and the rest of the members gathered for the talks.
— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) June 19, 2015
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) June 19, 2015
The First Minister discussed the state of Scotland’s economy as well as raising concerns over the UK Government’s decision to end onshore wind subsidies and again said Scotland would be a loud and vociferous voice for remaining a member state of the European Union.
She also announced that a Scottish Hub designed to increase trade and investment with Ireland wwould open in the British Embassy.
Scottish exports to Ireland are worth £920 million according to latest figures and the team will work to form new and enhance existing business relationships on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Nicola had a number of meetings with the other administrations at the meeting before she went on to speak to and take questions from a Women for Election audience, a non-partisan organisation in Ireland established to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics.
— Women for Election (@women4election) June 19, 2015
The First Minister said:
“Since becoming First Minister I have looked to use my election as a positive and strong message to girls and women that there should be no limit to your ambition.
“And the essence of that message is simply this – if you are good enough and if you work hard enough, the sky is the limit and nothing should ever stop you from achieving your dreams. The glass ceiling is fragile and it is time for women to smash through it – in politics, business or elsewhere.