Cork Minister visits Finland

26 February 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth

Dara Murphy has been in the news a lot recently, for the right reasons. Last week Minister (of State) Murphy
met his French counterpart and now Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara
Murphy, TD, met with his Finnish counterpart, Lenita Toivakka,
Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade in Helsinki today for
bilateral discussions on a range of issues including the economy,
Greece, Ukraine, counter-terrorism and the development of the EU’s
digital single market and energy union.

Speaking after the meeting in Helsinki, Minister Murphy said:

“Finland and Ireland have a lot in common. Finland is an important
partner for Ireland in the European Union and we share similar views
on many of the key issues on the European agenda.”

“Minister Toivakka and I discussed developments in Greece and Ukraine,
as well as the EU response to terrorism. We also discussed our common
interest in the development of Europe’s digital single market and the
energy union.”

Last night Minister Murphy met with members of the Irish-Finnish
business network at a reception in Helsinki. This morning the Minister
held meetings in the Ministry of Justice and with the Grand Committee
of the Finnish Parliament, which scrutinises Finnish Government policy
on EU legislative proposals.

Minister Murphy will travel to Riga this evening for meetings with the
Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Justice. Latvia
currently holds the six month rotating presidency of the Council of
the European Union.

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