Last week, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies MS met with lawmakers in Dublin to discuss health, the economy, and the shared opportunities and challenges Wales and Ireland face.

In the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Welsh Conservative Leader met with members of the committees on health, trade, climate change, agriculture and tourism.

Commenting on the way back to Wales, Davies said:

“It’s been wonderful to receive such a warm Irish welcome from friends across the Irish Sea. Too often, people can be reluctant to look elsewhere to see how the problems in our communities can be tackled.

“And the Republic of Ireland is not free from its own issues, with acute housing shortages, health service pressures and a huge agricultural sector wrestling with how to become even greener in the face of climate change.

“The biggest things I’m taking away is the importance of cross party working in tackling the challenges we face, and the importance too of taking decisive action to grip our biggest issues.

“In the Welsh context, I think of the sluggish Labour response to housing and brain-drain. We need to see Wales becoming more attractive to business and we need a housebuilding revolution, but after 25 years, Labour still don’t seem to get that.”