Andrews to open new Consulates General in Edinburgh and Cardiff
Minister for Foreign Affairs, David Andrews TD, begins a two-day visit tomorrow to carry out the official opening of the new Consulates General in Edinburgh and Cardiff.
Minister Andrews will open the new Consulate General in Brunel House in Cardiff at 3.00 pm on Thursday. He will have a meeting with the Secretary of State/First Secretary, Alun Michael, in Crickhowell House. He will also meet with Lord
Elis-Thomas, the Presiding Officer, Mr. John Lloyd, Clerk to the Assembly, and Mr. Andrew Davies, Business Manager of the Assembly. Minister Andrews will later visit the Wales National Great Famine Memorial in Cathays Cemetery.
The Minister will open the new Consulate General in Edinburgh on Thursday at
11.45 am. He will have a meeting with the First Minister, Donal Dewar, in Bute House and will meet later with the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh, Eric Milligan. Mr. Andrews will be the first Foreign Minister to visit Scotland since the formation of the new Scottish Executive following the elections on 6 May, and his visit marks the important links between the two countries.
During the course of his visit, Minister Andrews will discuss a range of political issues. He will speak about developments in relation to the British-Irish Council, one of the institutions under the Good Friday Agreement, which will bring together the Irish and British Governments and the new devolved administrations.