The Fine Gael TD said he was delighted to take part in the conference's rural affairs breakfast at the La Mon hotel. Johnathan Bell spoke at FG's conference earlier this year. It seems like a blooming relationship as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore stood side by side with the DUP during a Remembrance Day service north of the border.
Simon Coveney will become the first ever senior Irish minister to speak at the DUP's ard fheis in Belfast on Friday.
Diane Dodds MEP said it was important to engage with “all actors within the Common Agricultural Policy reform process . . . Simon Coveney has over the last number of months prepared himself for the task ahead. He has visited other parts of the UK in recent weeks, and indeed has visited and spoken to many of the lead member states''.
FG and the DUP would have quite a lot in common, not least their attitude towards the Irish language. Earlier this year Taoiseach Enda Kenny created a controversy when he told an audience of students and academics in China that he saw no timescale for the unification of Ireland. Mr Kenny was responding to a questioner who said there had been “unremitting efforts to unify with the Six Counties in Northern Ireland. Do you have a time schedule, and what progress have you made..?''. Mr Kenny said “there isn’t a timescale''.
FG has also failed to deal with loyalist/British atrocities in Ireland, most notably the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. Along with Alan Shatter's use of the term 'Londonderry', many unionists would feel at home in FG. However many wouldn't be so impressed with the fact that FG was most serious fascist movement to emerge in Ireland during the 1930s. At their height, the Blueshirts had as many as 48,000 members.
Or maybe those Nazi roots wouldn't be frowned upon too much.
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