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O’Dowd and Farry hold first bilateral meeting

28 June, 2011 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd and Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry have met to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest.

The meeting marks the beginning of what will be regular dialogue between the Ministers to discuss such issues at a strategic level.

Speaking following the meeting, Minister O’Dowd said: “Today’s meeting was my first opportunity to hold formal discussions with my Ministerial counterpart on a number of cross-cutting issues.

“The work of my Department is very closely linked with that of Dr Farry’s and I believe a close working relationship between both departments is essential if we are to deliver improvements for the benefit of learners and the economy as a whole. Indeed, we took the opportunity today to examine how we could work together to contribute to the Executive’s Economic Strategy. Key to that work will be how we deliver a skilled workforce, qualified to meet the demands of a world-class economy both today and in the future.

“I see this meeting as the first in a series of ongoing formal engagements between our departments at Ministerial level.”

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