TAOISEACH MICHEÁL Martin is expected to meet UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a discussion in Northern Ireland.
In what will be Mr Martin’s first time meeting Mr Johnson in the role of Taoiseach, the two leaders are expected to carry on the discussions regarding Ireland, the UK and Brexit.
The ongoing fight against coronavirus, the Irish-British relationship and an economic recovery plan are also expected to be on the agenda.
The Department of the Taoiseach confirmed the meeting in a statement seen by RTÉ News, where a spokesperson said:
“Today’s meeting will be an opportunity to discuss a number of issues of mutual concern,” the statement reads.
“Covid-19 will top the agenda and the two leaders are expected to discuss their respective experiences of managing the virus and dealing with its economic and societal impact.
“They will also discuss Brexit, including the continuing negotiations between the UK and the EU, with less than six months to the end of the transition period.
“Northern Ireland and bilateral relations between Dublin and London will also be discussed.”
Prime Minister r Johnson is also expected to meet First Ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill to discuss an economic recovery plan, following the news that the UK has slipped into its worst recession on record.
Mr Johnson has said “no part of Northern Ireland” will be left behind in the recovery plan, and confirmed the Executive would receive an additional €2.2bn in funding this year for its coronavirus response.
Plans will also be discussed for next year’s centenary celebrations to mark 100 years since Ireland was partitioned and Northern Ireland was founded.