Fine Gael TD to address Conservative conference

Joe McHugh
Image caption Joe McHugh will be the first politician from Fine Gael to address a Conservative conference

A Fine Gael TD from Donegal is to become the first politician from the party to address a Conservative conference.

Joe McHugh will address party delegates in Manchester on Tuesday in his capacity as co-chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

He said his appearance at the conference is a good opportunity.

"It's a chance to establish where we are in terms of the peace process.

"It is also an opportunity to keep on the agenda, on-going communication and dialogue on a North-South basis".

Deputy McHugh said he will be calling for closer co-operation between Ireland and the UK.

"We should look at all the different services on a cross-border basis to see where we could make efficiencies and work in a more aligned way in terms of bringing down costs along the border, to make it a more competitive zone.

"Obviously you are talking about two different fiscal regimes, but at the same time we can look at ways of making a more positive environment."