The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is travelling to London today for a meeting of the British-Irish Council in Lancaster House where economic co-operation is expected to top the agenda.
Mr Kenny will be accompanied by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte.
The main focus of today's meeting in London will be the economic situation, but there will also be a discussion on an all-islands approach to energy matters.
It is the first meeting of the Council since the new Fine Gael - Labour Government was formed, and since the recent elections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Taoiseach will also hold separate bilateral talks with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
The Council will also be attended by the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and representatives from the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.