The Ireland Funds Leadership Forum breakfast with Ciaran Cannon, T.D. – Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development.
On Thursday August 17, 2017, Tom Meagher, Jr., Managing Director- GCM Grosvenor, hosted The Ireland Funds Leadership Forum breakfast with Ciaran Cannon, T.D.-Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development.
Minister Cannon was joined by the Consul General Brian O’Brien; Ann Derwin, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Global Irish Services Division and Caitriona Ingoldsby, Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Irish Abroad Unit.
Minister Cannon opened the session recognizing the important impact of The Ireland Funds on the island of Ireland. He then spoke about the Government’s commitment to supporting emigrants and engaging worldwide with the Irish diaspora. The topic of Brexit, the economy and Ireland’s place in the E.U. were also discussed. Ireland has the challenge to reach out to a diverse group within the diaspora including many of whom have recently emigrated and those whose heritage goes back several generations. Minister Cannon emphasized that they want all groups to know they are welcome home.
A Q&A session followed the presentation. It was a thought provoking breakfast attended by board members of The Ireland Funds America along with key supporters and young leaders.