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Seventh British-Irish summit held
The council met on the Isle of Man
The British-Irish Council, set up under the Good Friday Agreement, has held its seventh summit on the Isle of Man.

The Irish government was represented by Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, while Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was there for the British government.

The council recognised the "ongoing commitment" of both governments to the full implementation of the agreement.

It also said it wanted to see power-sharing restored to Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

The council's main theme was the application of telemedicine to modernise the delivery of health and social care.

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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