Taoiseach Bertie Ahern held talks with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Dublin this afternoon.

The meeting followed what were described as very positive exchanges at the North/South Ministerial Council and British-Irish Council last week.

Mr McGuinness was seeking Government support for efforts to attract US and EU investment to Northern Ireland.

In the run up to the May general election, Mr Ahern had a high-profile event with First Minister Ian Paisley at the Battle of the Boyne commemoration.

The publicity did Mr Ahern no damage in the days before the General Election.

Sinn Féin eventually lost one of its five Dáil seats and was marginalised following the vote.

But Mr McGuinness and Sinn Féin remain key players in the Northern Ireland Executive.

Today the Deputy First Minister asked for Government support on issues like corporation tax at EU level and in the drive to attract foreign investment.