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Transport on the agenda at cross-border meeting

By Noel McAdam

Published 14/09/2007

Cross-border progress on transport was today set to shift up a gear at the first sectoral meeting under the North-South Ministerial Council since devolution was restored.

Two Stormont Executive Ministers, one DUP and one Sinn Fein, will go to Enniskillen to meet their Dublin government counterparts along with officials from both jurisdictions.

But the two-hour session - the first sectoral meeting under the auspices of the Council in almost five years - will take place behind closed doors.

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy and Environment Minister Arlene Foster were welcoming the Republic's Minister for Communications, Marine and natural Resources, Noel Dempsey.

Issues to be discussed include major road projects, restoration of border bridges and the Dublin-Belfast Rail Link. The talks come after the Council was revived when First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy Martin McGuinness attended its first meeting in five years with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in July.

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