02/10/2014 Minister of State Joe McHugh to deliver keynote address at NWRCBG Cross Border Conference
Joe McHugh T.D., Minister of State for Natural Resources and Gaeltacht Affairs, will be in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel at 7pm this evening to deliver the keynote address at the Cross Border Connections Conference.
The two-day conference, which begins at 11am today, is being held jointly by the Irish Central Border Area Network, the East Border Region and the North West Region Cross Border Group. These networks are made up of all the local authorities along the Border, north and south, representing a total population of over 1.6 million people.
In his address to the conference, Minister of State McHugh will share his thoughts on his experiences in North–South collaboration and the importance of ongoing co-operation between local authorities. Minister McHugh has long been an advocate of Cross-Border collaboration and co-operation on the island. Appointed Co-Chairperson of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in July 2011, he was elected as Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in July 2012.
Speaking in advance of the conference, Minister of State McHugh said:
“As Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, I have found it heartening and encouraging to see the progress being made on so many levels with regard to Cross-Border and Cross-Community relations. I am especially pleased to see the Irish language being embraced by old and new communities alike, and the wonderful work being done by the likes of Linda Ervine, to show that it is a language for all of the people of this island.”
“It is a pleasure for me to see so many Councillors here from both sides of the Border, working well together to create lasting peace and prosperity for all citizens on this island. Our aim is to make sure that Northern Ireland’s institutions not only function, but flourish, to the benefit of all in Northern Ireland, as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement.”