Welsh Deputy Minister visits Ireland 2012

Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, Alun Davies, visited Ireland on 19th and 20th September.  The trip took place before European Cooperation Day, which was celebrated across Europe on 21st September. 

The trip aimed to strengthen relations between Ireland and Wales on key issues of European funding and Fisheries policy.

During his visit, Deputy Minister Davies met with two projects, the Celtic Sea Trout Project and Inventorium, both funded through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13.

Representatives from Inland Fisheries Ireland, a partner on the Celtic Sea Trout Project, with Irish Minister of State for the Environment, Fergus O’Dowd TD met Deputy Minister Davies on 19th September to discuss the benefits of joint fisheries research between Ireland and Wales. 

The project is a ground-breaking joint investigation into the sea trout stocks and fisheries of the rivers entering the Irish Sea from Ireland and Wales. 

On 20th September, the Deputy Minister met the partners involved in delivering the Inventorium project, a collaborative initiative between the Centre for Advanced Software Technology in Wales and the National Digital Research Centre in Ireland. 

The project helps to turn innovative digital ideas into sustainable businesses, focusing on the pre-incubation stage.  The project has helped entrepreneurs to take early ideas and bring a team to the table to move them on from the conception stage.

“The ties between Ireland and Wales are already strong and I am keen to build on those links further.  This is a pivotal moment for Europe and there is much to discuss on issues of common interest, including EU funding programmes which support cooperation between our countries and contribute to jobs and growth”, said the Deputy Minister.

The Welsh Minister later addressed a meeting of the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly at Dublin City Hall.