I spoke about the exchange of ideas and the contribution that Scottish migrants such as Connolly and Margaret Skinnedar had made to Ireland. I also drew on Scottish writer Alisdar Gray who said " a good life is fighting to be human in the face of growing difficulties" Scotland has shown a commitment to the " good society" and progressive and inclusive policies despite ...many obstacles, this includes their delivery of an annual equality statement to accompany the budget. I also commended the First Minister in her leadership following the Brexit referendum, particularly in challenging the language of xenophobia and racism along with the leadership she has shown in stepping up to great global challenges such as climate change and peace building. At this crucial juncture for our nations, for Europe and indeed the wider world. it is important that Ireland and Scotland support each other’s voices, making not only our concerns but also our ideas heard.