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Address to British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

Posted on: 24 October 2022

Linda with Brendan Smith, T.D., and Karen Bradley, M.P. Standing on the steps of a manacured lawn in Farnham Estate Hotel, Co. Cavan.
Pictured left to right: Brendan Smith, T.D., Provost Linda Doyle and Karen Bradley, M.P.

“Universities: Catalysts for Cooperation and Forces for Good” was the theme for the Provost’s address to the 62nd plenary of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA), which met at Farnham Estate Hotel in Co. Cavan on 24 and 25 October.

BIPA’s membership includes representatives from the UK Parliament at Westminster, the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Welsh Assembly, the High Court of Tynwald (Isle of Man) and the States of Guernsey and Jersey.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, T.D., and UK Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Steve Baker, MP, also addressed the Assembly session.

The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly was set up in February 1990 to act as a link between the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

BIPA's members meet in plenary session twice a year and the main work of the Assembly falls to four Committees, which deal with sovereign matters, European affairs, economic affairs and environmental and social affairs.