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NSMC Plenary Meeting

The Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister made a statement on the latest North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) plenary meeting, and the latest British Irish Council (BIC) environment meeting on 14 September 2010.

The Health Minister Michael McGimpsey reported on the latest NSMC health sectoral format meeting.

In his statement on the NSMC plenary meeting the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuiness, said the ministers from north and south had discussed the current fiscal challenges.

Executive ministers from Northern Ireland made known their concerns about the restructuring of the banking sector in the Republic and issues related to the insurance sector.

They also raised the issue of country-of-origin food labelling in the Republic that has raised concerns in the agri-food industry.

Mr McGuinness said he looked forward to the establishment of the North-South Parliamentary Forum.

Junior Minister Robin Newton reported back on the BIC environment meeting. This was held at the Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats, Newcastle. The session centred on marine issues. These included climate change and a paper from the Irish and Manx governments on Sellafield and radioactive waste.

In his statement on the NSMC health meeting held in Armagh in June the Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, said ministers had discussed a range of issues including cancer research, suicide prevention and the lessons to be learned from the flu pandemic.

Ministers also addressed the issue of child abuse and north-south co-operation on the management of sex offenders.


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