Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about developing a co-ordinated all-island approach to the exit from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Northern Ireland Executive is rightly leading Northern Ireland's response to the coronavirus outbreak, in line with devolution arrangements.

To ensure a joined-up approach in our response, the UK Government and Irish Government are communicating at all levels. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Tánaiste have jointly chaired a number of meetings with the First Minister and deputy First Minister, and have all agreed that continued close contact and cooperation between the UK Government, Northern Ireland Executive and Irish Government will remain essential in the weeks and months ahead.

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