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North South consultative forum

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin told Jim O’Keeffe (FG, Cork SW) that the government would press strongly for the establishment of the north-south consultative forum at the next plenary meeting of the North South Ministerial Council on 5th July so that the matter could be brought to a conclusion (Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th May 2010, 836-8). Micheal Martin told him that the forum had been discussed at all plenary meetings since the reestablishment of the executive in May 2007. At the July 2007 meeting, the Northern Ireland Executive had intended to first complete its review of the Northern Ireland Civic Forum, but that review was still outstanding. The fact that this was still not completed had delayed things somewhat. The government here had convened two consultative conferences on the forum, the first on 15th October 2009 and the second due on 26th May this year. He hoped that there would be a new dynamic following the Hillsborough agreement. The 26th May meeting would be chaired by civil society representatives – David Humphreys, the rugby player and Mary Davis of Special Olympics Ireland.