Funchion chairs 52nd plenary of assembly

Funchion chairs 52nd plenary of assembly

Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion will chair the 52nd Plenary of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly as the new Irish co-Chair of BIPA today and tomorrow in Malahide, Dublin.

Funchion was recently nominated to take the role as Chair of the Good Friday Agreement Committee in the Oireachtas.

The Carlow/Kilkenny TD is the first ever Sinn Fein representative to hold the position.

The themes of the two day Plenary are ‘International tourism opportunities for Ireland and the UK’ and ‘Commemoration and Reconciliation’

Kathleen Funchion said:

“I look forward to welcoming members of BIPA to Dublin, with members attending from the Westminister Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh and Northern Assemblies, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

"The Brexit referendum result has the potential to fundamentally change relationships on our islands.

"The Irish Members of BIPA welcome the opportunity to come together with our colleagues from across these islands to discuss a range of pivotal issues, particularly in the aftermath of the referendum."