MaREI welcomes Government Officials and Delegates from Ireland, Wales and the Cork Chamber of Commerce

On 14 October, MaREI welcomed Minister Simon Coveney, the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, & Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd to the ERI, Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork to discuss offshore wind & decarbonisation. 

Following the inaugural Forum in Cardiff in 2021, the event brings together Irish and Welsh ministers to exchange views and learning on key issues to include trade and economic cooperation, as well as renewable energy.

I am delighted to co-chair this second Ireland-Wales Forum with First Minister Drakeford today. It is an important opportunity to assess progress in our ambitious framework for Ireland Wales cooperation published last year. It is also an opportunity to deepen cooperation in important sectors such as renewable energy.
Simon Coveney
Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Forum provides us with an ideal opportunity to further develop the wide range of projects and collaborative networks that have been built up through the Ireland Wales Programme, building on the strong economic, sporting and cultural ties which we have historically enjoyed
Michael McGrath
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

UCC and the ERI MaREI Centre were delighted to receive the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Simon Coveney as well many senior government officials to the Beaufort Building. This Irish/Welsh delegation was given a demonstration of the testing of floating wind and wave technologies at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility and held a roundtable discussion session with Irish stakeholders on the large scale roll out of offshore renewable energy. The event highlighted the synergies between Ireland and Wales in the offshore renewable energy sector and the willingness to maintain strong collaboration into the future.
Jimmy Murphy
Funded Investigator