Scottish politician, Nicola Sturgeon is set to meet business and political leaders in Dublin as she looks to strengthen links between Scotland and Ireland, after the shock of the Brexit vote.
Scotland's First Minister is touching down in Dublin over two days this week where she will address the Seanad as well as collecting an honorary patronage from Trinity College.
Ms. Sturgeon is also set to meet President Michael D. Higgins and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, with intent to discuss continued co-operation between both countries.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Ms. Sturgeon mentioned the strong alliance between the two nations:
Scotland and Ireland have a long history of co-operation based on our shared values, close historic and cultural ties and the deep links between our people.
The relationship between Scotland and Ireland is more important than ever. I look forward to meeting with political and businesses leaders to discuss how we can work together to protect and strengthen our shared interests.
I'll be stressing the Scottish Government's commitment to the principle of European solidarity and the benefits Scotland receives from membership of the European Single Market.
Given the close proximity of our countries, Ireland is a strategic partner for Scotland. The opening of a Scottish Government Innovation and Investment hub earlier this year demonstrates the value we put on this relationship.
Our hub is working on a range of issues including economic development, strengthening links on research and innovation, cooperation on energy and the development of renewable technologies and supporting government to government links.
During my visit to Ireland, I look forward to further developing these areas of common interest to ensure deeper collaboration between our governments to deliver greater economic prosperity for both countries.