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Strategic review of Irish-Scottish relations

Ireland and Scotland have close political, economic, community and cultural ties, and both the Government of Ireland and the Scottish Government are committed to deepening Irish-Scottish cooperation. The changing context for the Irish-Scottish relationship, particularly in light of Brexit, provides an opportunity to undertake a joint strategic review of that relationship, aimed at consolidating existing ties in a new international environment and unlocking the relationship’s further potential.

The review will be conducted jointly by both Governments, led on the Irish side by the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh and the Ireland, UK and Americas Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and on the Scottish side by the Scottish Innovation and Investment Hub in Dublin and the Scottish Government External Relations Directorate. A steering group, composed of relevant officials from each Government, will manage the review process.

The aim of the process will be to produce a joint report, to be released in the second quarter of 2020, setting out current areas of bilateral cooperation and identifying opportunities for cooperation or joint initiatives in new areas, which are devolved to Scotland, where these have the potential to support the policy objectives of both Governments. This report will be a public document, setting out how Scotland and Ireland will work together in the period 2020-2025.

Read the full concept note that underpins this joint review. 

Read our news release on this strategic review.


For more information on this joint review and the work of the Irish and Scottish Governments in both Scotland and Ireland, contact details are as follows:

Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 131 226 7711


The Scottish Innovation and Investment Hub, Dublin
Twitter: @scotgovireland