Analytical summary of the public engagement for the Joint Bilateral Review of the relationship between Scotland and Ireland
This is a report of the public engagement exercise conducted as part of the Ireland-Scotland joint bilateral review.
This report provides an analysis of the contributions from the public received to inform the joint bilateral review process.
The review was launched by the Government of Ireland and the Scottish Government to look at how the countries can strengthen their relationship and work together over the next five years. It is the first undertaken by the two countries, and covers co-operation in key policy areas such as trade, research and culture, as well as exploring ways to collaborate to help our rural and island communities thrive.
The Bilateral Review Steering Committee was keen to draw upon the widest range of ideas and experiences from both countries, and designed an open engagement approach that included an online questionnaire to specifically invite contributions from those with an interest in the relationship between Scotland and Ireland.
This questionnaire ran for three months until 20 March 2020.
The engagement focused on existing collaboration and potential areas for development, while the questionnaire asked a range of general interest questions to explore perceptions of the Scotland-Ireland relationship, as well as providing the opportunity to offer views and ideas on the five main themes of the review:
- Business and economic interests
- Community and diaspora links
- Culture experience and exchange
- Rural, coastal and island communities
- Academic, educational and research links
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