Northern Ireland and Eire: Co-operation in Education

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 19 January (WA 101), whether the Belfast agreement, signed on 10 April 1998, provided for practical co-operation in education between Northern Ireland and Eire; and, if so, how it so provided.

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Paragraphs 8 and 9(i) of Strand Two of the agreement set the framework for discussions which led to the North/South Ministerial Council identifying education as a matter for co-operation and implementation where existing bodies would be the appropriate mechanism for co-operation in each separate jurisdiction. Within this matter a range of issues were identified for initial consideration by NSMC and others were subsequently included, by agreement of both sides, at education sectoral meetings of NSMC.

Joint working groups of the two education departments are taking forward work on the education issues identified.

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