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Taoiseach to meet north's political leaders during Belfast visit

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will meet with Northern Ireland’s political leaders during a visit to Belfast on Friday.
Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will meet Northern Ireland’s political leaders during a visit to Belfast on Friday.

Mr Martin will visit the city for a programme of events as well as discussing the latest political developments.

The Taoiseach will speak at an all-island business event jointly hosted by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chambers Ireland.

The event will explore the all-island and global challenge of climate change in advance of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow in November.

First Minister Paul Givan and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill will also attend.

Mr Martin will then visit and meet participants in Women’s Tec, an initiative in north Belfast which helps women to train in non-traditional sectors and trades.

He will travel to Queen’s University where he will visit the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research and meet the president and researchers involved in all-island research co-operation.

He will also meet a group of students from the university.

Mr Martin will also meet the leaders of the main political parties for discussions on current political developments.

He is expected to brief them on the 3.5 billion euro budget for cross-border investment announced this week with the publication of the Irish government’s National Development Plan.

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