20 May 2005

BBC

Seventh British-Irish summit held


Council is meeting in the Isle of Man

The seventh summit of the British-Irish Council, which was set up under the Good Friday Agreement, will get under way later.

The meeting of representatives from across the British Isles is taking place in Douglas, in the Isle of Man.

Its main theme will be the application of telemedicine to modernise the delivery of health and social care.

The council was set up in 1998 to promote positive, practical relationships among members.

Its membership consists of the British and Irish governments and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

However, Northern Ireland's assembly has been suspended since October 2002.

The council provides a forum for discussion, exchange of information and co-operation between its members.

Each region has an issue which it gives a lead on - Northern Ireland's is transport.

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