The Taoiseach and members of the Cabinet have taken part in a virtual meeting of the North South Ministerial Conference with their counterparts in the Stormont power-sharing administration.

It was the 25th engagement of one of the structures established by the Good Friday Agreement and it will be the final meeting before the end of the Brexit transition period.

It is the turn of Northern Ireland's Executive to host this gathering.

However Norther Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill welcomed Micheál Martin and his colleagues to a virtual meeting.

The two administrations are preoccupied with the Covid-19 challenge.

The on-off Northern Ireland protocol element of the Brexit negotiations has been sorted.

The crunch time in the wider trade deal negotiations, with huge implications for the island of Ireland, may finally have arrived.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is promising Northern Ireland up to £500m over a six-year period for the EU Peace Funds it will lose.

The Government has ring-fenced €500 million for infrastructure projects as part of its shared island initiative.