Nicola Sturgeon to address Seanad during Dublin visit

“I am proud and humbled to have been invited to address the Seanad and recognise what an honour this is"

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President Michael D Higgins (left) meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon | Image: Fennell Photography

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will address the Seanad next month during her visit to Ireland - the first governing minister to do so.

During her visit, she aims to strengthen Scotland's relationship with Ireland. Sturgeon, who’s leader of the Scottish National Party, will address the Seanad on the November 29th as part of her visit .

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak to Senators about my hopes for continued work between our two nations and my plans to protect Scotland’s interests in the EU," she said.

“I am proud and humbled to have been invited to address the Seanad and recognise what an honour this is."

Sturgeon will also meet some of Ireland’s business representatives, as well as host meetings with Irish President Michael D Higgins and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan.

“Scotland and Ireland have a shared history and a long tradition of co-operation on a range of issues,” she said.

"In the post-Brexit landscape, it has become even more important that we work together to protect our shared interests."

The Scottish Nationalists want Scotland to become independent from the UK, and Sturgeon has called for a second referendum on Scottish sovereignty in the wake of the referendum result that called for the UK to leave the European Union.

Elsewhere, Fianna Fáil are hosting a national conference on Brexit in Dundalk today.

Organised by TD Declan Breathnach, the conference will examine the challenges and opportunities that Brexit poses for Ireland.